Deep Waters: the Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature


Teuton, Christopher B. Deep Waters: the Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature.
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. 245 pages.

Weaving connections between indigenous modes of oral storytelling, visual depiction, and contemporary American Indian literature, Deep Watersdemonstrates the continuing relationship between traditional and contemporary Native American systems of creative representation and signification. Christopher B. Teuton begins with a study of Mesoamerican writings, Diné sand paintings, and Haudenosaunee wampum belts. He proposes a theory of how and why indigenous oral and graphic means of recording thought are interdependent, their functions and purposes determined by social, political, and cultural contexts.

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