Stories of Earth and Iron from the History of the Puertorriqueñas
Aurora Levins MoralesPages: 272
Format: paper only
Release Date: 2001-01-01
Remedios offers a curative history of the many women—and cultures—who have met at the crossroads of the island of Puerto Rico. Unraveling of the key roots of identity in the New World, Aurora Levins Morales creates a powerful compendium for the activists who know that McDonald's and IBM are not the ultimate source of all sustenance and knowledge. Here is a history of the Western world that would overturn the rule of dead white men.
Beginning with the First Mother in sub-Saharan Africa more than 200,000 years ago, Levins Morales takes readers on a journey through time and around the globe. Vibrantly drawing the lives of many remarkable women, Levins Morales delves into the lives of Juana de Asbaje, author of the "Reply to Sor Filotea" in 1693, the first feminist essay written in the New World; Gracia Nasi, Constantinople's "Queen of the Jews"; the African-American activist and warrior of words Ida B. Wells; and the unlikely martyr and symbol, Ethel Rosenberg. Levins Morales weaves in her own story of pain and healing, ameliorated by the restorative power of memory, finding within these stories of individual and communal resistance to abuse new lessons in the history of liberation.
This historical memoir revives our connection to the forgotten lore of our grandmothers, featuring explanations of the medicinal properties of herbs and foods such as rosemary, ginkgo, and banana. With love, joy, and defiance, Levins Morales offers Remedios as testimony to those barely recorded or known to history, the women who shaped our world.
Table of Contents
Preface Yerba Bruja
2 Women of Yams—West Africa: -50,000 to 200
3 Women of Bread—The Mediterranean: -12,000 to -1,500
5 Women of Yuca—America: -15,000 to 500
7 West African Women: 600 to 1400
8 American Women: 700 to 1400
9 Mediterranean Women: 600 to 1400
12 Huracán: 1492–1600
13 Jenjibre: 1600–1699
14 Parteras: 1700–1798
15 Lazos: 1798–1898
16 Aguacero: 1899–1929
17 Derrumbe: 1930–1954
18 La Botánica (Sources)