Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Diane Price Herndl

Second Advisor

Stephen Pett

Third Advisor

James Dow

Abstract

This work will explore the concept of "native medicine" and how its various definitions and implications present themselves in two major works of Pueblo Indian literature. First, we will look at sickness as presented in Frank Waters' The Man Who Killed the Deer. Next, we will examine a cure in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony. Finally, we will examine recovery through the lenses of a number of critical works. I will show how cultural hybrids use medicine in these works to improve their knowledge of the Earth and its people, and how they heal themselves and strengthen their bonds with their communities. We will explore their connections with race, we will investigate the dividing line between "Indian" and "White," and we will see how culture affects our definitions of medicine and healing.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16563

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Matthew Lorn Abbott

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453148

OCLC Number

236861858

ISBN

9780549542186

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

58 pages

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