American Indian Persistence and Resurgence

American Indian Persistence and Resurgence

by Karl Kroeber
     
 


This collection celebrates the resurgence of Native Americans within the cultural landscape of the United States. During the past quarter century, the Native American population in the United States has seen an astonishing demographic growth reaching beyond all biological probability as increasing numbers of Americans desire to admit or to claim Native American… See more details below

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This collection celebrates the resurgence of Native Americans within the cultural landscape of the United States. During the past quarter century, the Native American population in the United States has seen an astonishing demographic growth reaching beyond all biological probability as increasing numbers of Americans desire to admit or to claim Native American ancestry. This volume illustrates a unique moment in history, as unprecedented numbers of Native Americans seek to create a powerful, flexible sense of cultural identity.
Diverse commentators, including literary critics, anthropologists, ethnohistorians, poets and a novelist address persistent issues facing Native Americans and Native American studies today. The future of White-Indian relation, the viability of Pan-Indianism, tensions between Native Americans and North American anthropologists, and new devlopments in ethnohistory are among the topics discussed. The survival of Native Americans as recorded in this collection, an expanded edition of a special issue of boundary 2, brings into focus the dynamically adaptive values of Native American culture. Native Americans’ persistence in U.S. culture—not disappearing under the pressure to assimilate or through genocidal warfare—reminds us of the extent to which any living culture is defined by the process of transformation.

Contributors. Linda Ainsworth, Jonathan Boyarin, Raymomd J. DeMallie, Elaine Jahner, Karl Kroeber, William Overstreet, Douglas R. Parks, Katharine Pearce, Jarold Ramsey, Wendy Rose, Edward H. Spicer, Gerald Vizenor, Priscilla Wald

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822314875
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Series:
a boundary 2 book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Native American Resistance and Renewal1
The Nations of a State27
Preface
An Interview with Jack Salzman, Director of the Columbia University Center for American Culture Studies50
The Navajo Nightway and the Western Gaze58
Terms of Assimilation: Legislating Subjectivity in the Emerging Nation78
Plains Indian Native Literatures106
Transitional Narratives and Cultural Continuity149
Francis LaFlesche's "The Song of Flying Crow" and the Limits of Ethnography181
Europe's Indian, America's Jew: Modiano and Vizenor198
Manifest Manners: The Long Gaze of Christopher Columbus224
If Texts Are Prayers, What Do Wintu Want?237
December 1890-1990248
Retrieving Osceola's Head, Okemah, Oklahoma, June 1985250
Own252
Index253
Contributors259

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