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Louise Abeita

Louise Abeita

American Pueblan writer and poet
Louise Abeita
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Intro American Pueblan writer and poet
Was Writer Poet
From United States of America
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 9 September 1926, Isleta Pueblo, United States of America
Death 21 July 2014, Albuquerque, United States of America (aged 87 years)
Star sign VirgoVirgo
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Louise Abeita Chewiwi (E-Yeh-Shure or Blue Corn) (September 9, 1926 – July 21, 2014), was a Puebloan writer, poet, and educator, who was an enrolled member of Isleta Pueblo.

Early life

Louise Abeita was born and raised at Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. Her father, Diego Abeita, was active in tribal government. Her mother, Lottie Gunn Abeita, was from Laguna Pueblo.

I am a Pueblo Indian Girl

In order to showcase his daughter's poems, Diego brought together artists from Navajo, Apache and Pueblo communities to print a book based on them. This group formed the National Gallery of the American Indian (NGAI), and published Abeita's illustrated book. She was 13 years old at the time. I am a Pueblo Indian Girl (1939) has been described as the "first truly Indian book" by historians Gretchen Bataille and Laurie Lisa.

The book depicts the life of Abeita through prose and poetry. Themes throughout the book touch on Pueblo traditions, with illustrations by artists from NGAI complimenting her writing. This book is considered to be the first effort in the Pueblo community to document their own art and culture for non-Native viewers.

She appeared in the 1940 film short Fashion Horizons, showing her book to Hollywood starlets.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 11 Oct 2019. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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