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Allen, Paula Gunn. “Where I Come From Is Like This.” The Sacred Hoop : Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions : with a New Preface . Boston: Beacon Press, 1992. Print. In Where I Come From Is Like This , Paula Gunn Allen discusses the viewpoints that both of the cultures have of each other. Paula deliberates how she, as a American Indian women, has found herself in the bicultural bind. Christians and Indian people have misconceptions of each other which influenced in the struggles that some American Indian women have. Paula explained how Christians view women as only a birth giver and how Indians viewed women as a powerful human being. Paula recalls the many tales and lessons her mother and grandmother told her during her childhood that contributed to her principles in life. Other than the many tales told by American Indian Women, they were also admired to be strong and dependent. Paula used her mother as an example when she tells the story of how her mother would not wait on her father to do the hard work around the house. Although American Indians have strong principles and traditions, they still adapted to the “...New ‘flow’...” after the “...Coming of the Anglo-Europeans…” Paula mentioned that even though they would adapt the American Indians would keep their traditions and principles with the help of the American Indian Women’s influence. This is a secondary source for my synthesis essay because I want to discuss the effects that stories have in a person's culture and life. Paula and Leslie both discussed the effects that stories have in their cultures and how the stories affected the person. Stories are a big part in their cultures and played the role of lessons that guided them throughout their life. Silko, Leslie Marmon. Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective . 1948. In Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective, Leslie Marmon Silko expresses how stories can be viewed and valued differently. Leslie explains how stories that are told can be past down from generations to generations caring along the importance of these stories. She mentions that the stories told have a powerful meaning
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