Cogewea Feminist Analysis

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Mourning Dove was the pen name of Christine Quintasket, an Interior Salish woman who collected tribal stories among Northern Plateau peoples in the early twentieth century. She described centuries-old traditions with the authority of first-hand knowledge, and also wrote a novel based on her experiences. Like her African-American contemporary Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), Mourning Dove’s reputation as a female ethnographer and writer has grown steadily over the past few decades. Her novel, Cogewea, is the first known published novel by a Native American woman. Growing up at Kettle Falls One day between 1884 and 1888, according to family lore, a woman of Lakes and Colville ancestry named Lucy Stukin (d. 1902) was canoeing across the Kootenai River in north Idaho when she went into labor. She gave birth while the boat was partway across the river, and wrapped the newborn girl, whom she named Christine, in the steersman's shirt. Although other sources give her birthplace as Boyds, Washington (above Kettle Falls), a…show more content…
"It is all wrong, this saying that Indians do not feel as deeply as whites. We do feel, and by and by some of us are going to be able to make our feelings appreciated, and then will the true Indian character be revealed." The headline for the interview trumpeted the imminent appearance of her novel, the first ever published by a Native American woman. Mourning Dove described in vivid detail the inspiration she received while watching the buffalo roundup in Montana, and her sadness at the demise of an integral part of the native experience. She also stated that education would be a key element in the future of her people, and spoke proudly of the fact that her stepmother had donated an acre of land from her allotment to provide the site for a schoolhouse for tribal children (Spokesman-Review

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