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Lori Taylor, Telling Stories about Mormons and Indians
I memorize, recognize, and name my source(s), not to validate my voice through the voice of authority (for we, women, have little authority in the History of Literature, and wise women never draw their powers from authority), but to evoke her and sing. The bond between women and word. Among women themselves. To produce their full effect, words must, indeed, be chanted rhythmically, in cadences, off cadences.
Trinh T. Minh-ha, Woman, Native, Other1
The courage to act and to think within an uncertain framework is not easily achieved. It may be that this is what is meant by faith. Faith is not a belief “in spite of,” or a belief that I can act in a particular way without sufficient evidence. It is a stance of being, an acceptance of risk and openness, an affirmation of both the importance of human life (its dimension of ultimate significance) and the refusal to collapse that ultimacy into a static given, identifying it as definitively achieved in some concrete medium of its manifestation.
Sharon D. Welch, Communities of Resistance and Solidarity2
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Lori Elaine Taylor, Telling Stories about Mormons and Indians. Ph.D. dissertation, American Studies. State University of New York at Buffalo, 2000.