By Sharon Niederman
Traditionally, the Southwest has attracted individuals with yearnings for freedom and experience, those who outline themselves as participants. not like their husbands and brothers, ladies within the Southwest didn't, for the main half, subdue and tame the land; yet their personality and individuality have been manifested as they lived with and enhanced upon stipulations as they discovered them. Their fascination with their lifestyle and the necessity for self-expression led them to write down in their studies, supplying them with an artistic outlet and providing those that got here later a different window into the previous. "A duvet of phrases" gained the Border nearby Library organization 1989 Southwest ebook Award for literary excellence and enrichment of the cultural historical past of the Southwest. It used to be additionally provided the nationwide Federation of Press ladies first prize for heritage in 1989.
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Additional info for A Quilt of Words: Womens Diaries, Letters, and Original Accounts of Life in the Southwest, 1860-1960
The remembrances of Marietta Palmer Wetherill tell the story of a woman whose life was woven between culturesfirst, as a girl initiated into a Navajo clan, then as the wife of Richard Wetherill, explorer of Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and other great ruins. The letter of Grace Mott Johnson, sculptor and wife of painter Andrew Dasburg, offers a behind-the-scenes look at life in the Taos art colony during the 1920s as well as a close-up look at a woman artist's struggle to balance her commitments. The West drew natural rebels like rancher-poet-painter Eleanor Williams who found in the big skies and open space both the challenge and the peace that rooted her to western life.
Her statement is a key to women's personal accounts of life in the Southwest during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Women's experiences of this era are revealed in their diaries, letters, oral histories, autobiographies, memoirs, and accounts recorded by their daughters. These intimate revelations, charming and crude, offer a version of western history that is quite different from men's tales of exploration and conquest. " Some women, like Boston Brahmin Mary Cabot Wheelwright, escaped through the crack in the ornate structure that encased them and found a degree of freedom from eastern propriety through the journey west.
Indians, Indians," he shouted, warning the passengers to jump quickly into the coach. Greatly excited, the station master could only find the four Americans, then looking behind the log cabin, he saw the German passenger praying softly in Hebrew, a black skull cap on his head, a prayer shawl about his neck, and a prayer book in his hand. " The German gentleman carefully wrapped up his prayer book and cap in his prayer shawl, then ran to the stagecoach and jumped in. " And the Indians did not attack the coach.
A Quilt of Words: Womens Diaries, Letters, and Original Accounts of Life in the Southwest, 1860-1960 by Sharon Niederman