Personally, I am interested in history, people and culture. As an American Indian, I fully understand the idea of how the world is often viewed through a certain prism. The history of American Indians has predominantly been told through the eyes of white male Europeans and their descendants. This phenomenon is prevalent even today in contemporary society and pop culture. Women also deal with a dominant culture. Their lives, history and traditions have been articulated from a wholly male-dominated perspective. Stifling their imagination only exacerbates this problem by narrowing the scope of reality. I am compelled to hear this different perspective of history. I am positive that I and the rest of the world would be enriched by doing so. Yet, as Viramontes asserts, within this culture women must first go about challenging status quo oppressive beliefs and tradition. They should evaluate their roles within the system and go about breaking stereotypes. This and the respect of their time by family, friends and loved ones will help women's creative imagination flourish.
1 . "Nopalitos": The Making of Fiction," "Political Arts, Subversive Acts," Viramontes,
Helena Maria, Pg. 291 (Full essay can be downloaded at link)
2. Perhaps The World Ends Here," "The Woman Who Fell From The Sky," Harjo, Joy, Pg.123
[i] I would also like to note that this is the same for women of rural cultures, in particular the South. Southern women are often expected to perform many of the traditional familial duties that Viramontes discusses in her essay and I recount here.