The Mohawk Princess Writes and Recites: How Pauline Johnson Battled Negative Indian Stereotypes through her Performances and Prose

Katherine Goertz

Abstract


An examination of non-fiction prose written by Canadian half-Mohawk writer, Pauline Johnson. Johnson used her Mohawk identity to create a writing and performance career. Though these performances often involved embodying typical Indian stereotypes, Johnson was able to use her posistion as a public speaker to challenge negative assumptions about the Iroquois nation. She also used her knowledge of Iroquois political structure to challenge the Canadian patriarchal political system.

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