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Winged Words: American Indian Writers Speak. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1990. Deloria, Vine, Jr. God Is Red. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1973. Reprint. New York: Dell Books, 1983. Etienne, Mona, and Eleanor Leacock, eds. Women and Colonization: Anthropological Perspectives. New York: Praeger, 1980. Fisher, Dexter, ed. The Third Woman: Minority Women Writers of the United States. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1980. Hanson, Elizabeth I. Paula Gunn Allen. Boise State University Western Writers Series 96.
Traditions: Mexican American Principal works: Bless Me, Ultima, 1972; Heart of Aztlán, 1976; Tortuga, 1979; The Silence of the Llano, 1982; Alburquerque, 1992; Zia Summer, 1995; Jalamanta, 1996; Rio Grande Fall, 1996 Rudolfo Anaya began writing during his days as a student at the University of New Mexico. His poetry and early novels dealt with major questions about his existence, beliefs, and identity. Anaya ended that phase of his life by burning all of the manuscripts of his work. After college he took a teaching job and got married.
Ultima, the curandera and a creature of both worlds, helps guide Antonio through the ordeal of understanding and dealing with these challenges. Ultima is a magical character who touches the core of Antonio’s being. She supervised his birth. Later she comes to stay with the family in Guadalupe when Antonio is seven. On several occasions, Antonio is a witness to her power. Antonio’s adventure takes him beyond the divided world of the farmer and the horseman and beyond the Catholic ritual and its depictions of good and evil.