"I am not a fairy tale": Contextualizing Sioux Spirituality and Story Traditions in Susan Power's The Grass Dancer by ProQuest


To Power's characters, this is reality: ghosts move among the living; a man who killed dogs is stalked and killed by the protective coyote spirit; an elder dances on the moon; a witch can make any man come to her; men can be forced to hang themselves; there is a medicine hole that leads to another reality; and a young man who fasts and prays for vision can find it and be led to a healing understanding of himself and his past. Ruppert explains that [c]ontemporary Native American writers construct implied readers through the textual perspective presupposed and through the narrative competence required, but also, because they are moving from one world view to another, implied readers require certain epistemological competence at various points in the text.\n Yet another way Susan Power challenges readers to rethink the cultural assumptions they bring to the novel is by defamiliarizing Western metaphysical viewpoints, complicating any easy binary notions of the real and the magical.

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