We Are the Stars: Colonizing and Decolonizing the Oceti Sakowin Literary Tradition (Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies) (Paperback)
After centuries of colonization, this important new work recovers the literary record of Oceti Sakowin (historically known to some as the Sioux Nation) women, who served as their tribes’ traditional culture keepers and culture bearers. In so doing, it furthers discussions about settler colonialism, literature, nationalism, and gender.
Women and land form the core themes of the book, which brings tribal and settler colonial narratives into comparative analysis. Divided into two parts, the first section of the work explores how settler colonizers used the printing press and boarding schools to displace Oceti Sakowin women as traditional culture keepers and culture bearers with the goal of internally and externally colonizing the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota nations. The second section focuses on decolonization and explores how contemporary Oceti Sakowin writers and scholars have started to reclaim Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota literatures to decolonize and heal their families, communities, and nations.
About the Author
Sarah Hernandez (Sicangu Lakota) is an assistant professor of Native American literature and the director of the Institute for American Indian Research at the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the Oak Lake Writers’ Society, an Oceti Sakowin–led nonprofit for Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota writers.
“While numerous other authors have covered missionaries like Riggs and Pond, and authors like Eastman, Deloria, and Cook-Lynn, the author does so in new ways that link their stories into the broader narratives of settler colonialism and decolonization.”—Linda M. Clemmons, author of Dakota in Exile: The Untold Stories of Captives in the Aftermath of the U.S.-Dakota War