Representations of Native women in the United States and Mexico are largely limited to the mythologies of the Indian Princess.1 In history and popular culture of the United States and Mexico, she is Pocahontas or La Malinche.2 In everyday encounters she’s more like the figure in the poem by Diane Burns (Anishinabe/Chemehuevi), “Sure You Can Ask Me a Personal Question”:
Your great grandmother, huh? An Indian Princess, huh?
Hair down to there?
Let me guess. Cherokee?
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