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American Indians in a Modern World examines the persistence of American Indian culture in a world of explicit antagonism and rapid modernization. Surveying the many facets of Indian life, from tribal ceremonies to Indian humor and gaming tables, Donald L. Fixico shows how Indian nations have survived threats to their culture and their very existence by relying on a flexible mix of traditional and modern values, enabling them to adapt to a world of airplanes, cities, and the Internet. Fixico looks deeply at Indian culture in its inescapable confrontation with the modern world: the formation of tribal governments in the 1930s, the service of thousands of Indians in World War II, the development of activist movements, the evolution of Indian artistic traditions, and efforts to balance traditional and modern education. American Indians have survived and often thrived in a rapidly changing world, he observes, because of their cultural resilience.
Chapter 1. Family, Women's Roles and Sexuality Chapter 2. Economics, Rural, Urban, Taxation, Trade, and Transportation Chapter 3. Language, Intellectual Life, Oral Tradition, and Education Chapter 4. Material Life: Clothing, Food, Automobiles, and Housing Chapter 5. Political Life, Professional Organization, Citizenship, Military Service, and Tribal Government Chapter 6. Recreational Life, Outdoors, and Sports Chapter 7. Religious Life, Deities, Creeds, Rituals, and Morality Chapter 8. Art, Artifacts, Music, and Entertainment Chapter 9. American Indians in Literature and Media Chapter 10. Nature, Environment, Home Spaces, and Resources Chapter 11. Indian Humor Then and Now Chapter 12. Bingos, Casinos, and Indian Gaming Chapter 13. Health, Medicine, and Cures Chapter 14. Being Indian in the Twentieth Century