A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians / Edition 1

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Overview

A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians contains 27 original contributions by leading scholars who work actively as researchers in American Indian communities, or on the topic of American Indians. The book summarizes the state of anthropological knowledge of Indian peoples, as well as the history that got us to this point.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Highly recommended."
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"Biolsi has produced a rich and comprehensive overview of the field by drawing on senior figures and younger scholars, academics and public intellectuals, and Native and non-Native voices. This volume is required reading for anyone wishing to enter, revisit, or advance the practice of Native American anthropology."
Philip Deloria, University of Michigan

"This invaluable volume offers the perspectives of individuals whose intellectual, social, emotional, and pragmatic commitment to better understanding our world have earned the respect and attention of Native and non-Native audiences."
Tsianina Lomawaima, University of Arizona

"This is a sterling compilation, expertly edited, that interrogates the dynamic and often contentious relationship between indigenous peoples and anthropologists."
David Wilkins, University of Minnesota

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Meet the Author

Thomas Biolsi is Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Among his publications are Deadliest Enemies: Law and Race Relations on and Off Rosebud Reservation (2007/2001), Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr., and the Critique of Anthropology (edited with Larry Zimmerman, 1997), and Organizing the Lakota: The Political Economy of the New Deal on Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations (1992).
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Table of Contents

Introduction : what is the "anthropology" of "American Indians"? 1
1 Political and historical ecologies 7
2 Historical demography 24
3 Women and men 51
4 Politics 69
5 Tribal or native law 95
6 Culture and reservation economies 112
7 Knowledge systems 133
8 Oral traditions 154
9 Religion 171
10 Music 196
11 Art 212
12 Political and legal status ("lower 48" states) 231
13 Political and legal status of Alaska natives 248
14 Federal Indian policy and anthropology 268
15 Contemporary globalization and tribal sovereignty 284
16 Treaty rights 304
17 Education 321
18 Representational practices 341
19 The politics of native culture 360
20 Cultural appropriation 383
21 Community healing and cultural citizenship 398
22 Native Hawaiians 412
23 Ethnography 435
24 Beyond "applied" anthropology 472
25 Language 490
26 Visual anthropology 506
27 Archaeology 526
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