Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians / Edition 1

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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

From the Publisher
"Highly recommended."

"Biolsi has produced a rich and comprehensive overview of thefield by drawing on senior figures and younger scholars, academicsand public intellectuals, and Native and non-Native voices. Thisvolume is required reading for anyone wishing to enter, revisit, oradvance the practice of Native American anthropology."
Philip Deloria, University of Michigan

"This invaluable volume offers the perspectives of individualswhose intellectual, social, emotional, and pragmatic commitment tobetter understanding our world have earned the respect andattention of Native and non-Native audiences."
Tsianina Lomawaima, University of Arizona

"This is a sterling compilation, expertly edited, thatinterrogates the dynamic and often contentious relationship betweenindigenous 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

Synposis of Contents.

Notes on Contributors.

Introduction: What is the 'Anthropology' of 'American Indians'?:Thomas Biolsi (University of California, Berkeley).

Part I: Environments and Populations:.

1. Political and Historical Ecologies: Kenneth M. Ames (PortlandState University).

2. Historical Demography: Russell Thornton (University ofCalifornia, Los Angeles).

Part II: Political, Social, and EconomicOrganization:.

3. Women and Men: Martha C. Knack (University of Nevada, LasVegas).

4. Politics: Loretta Fowler (University of Oklahoma).

5. Tribal or Native Law: Bruce Granville Miller (University ofBritish Columbia).

6. Culture and Reservation Economies: Kathleen Pickering(Colorado State University).

Part III: Knowledge and Expressive Culture:.

7. Knowledge Systems: Eugene S. Hunn (University of Washington,Seattle).

8. Oral Traditions: Rodney Frey (University of Idaho).

9. Religion: Raymond Bucko (Creighton University).

10. Music: Luke Eric Lassiter (Marshall University).

11. Art: Rebecca J. Dobkins (Willamette University).

Part IV: Colonialism, Native Sovereignty, Law, andPolicy:.

12. Political and Legal Status ("Lower 48" States): ThomasBiolsi (University of California, Berkeley).

13. Political and Legal Status (Alaska): Caroline L. Brown(University of Chicago).

14. Federal Indian Policy and Anthropology: George PierreCastile (Whitman College).

15. Contemporary Globalization and Tribal Sovereignty: Randel D.Hanson (Arizona State University).

16. Treaty Rights: Larry Nesper (University of Wisconsin,Madison).

17. Education: Alice Littlefield (Central Michigan University,Mt. Pleasant).

Part V: Cultural Politics and the ColonialSituation:.

18. Representational Practices: Pauline Turner Strong(University of Texas, Austin).

19. The Politics of Native Culture: Kirk Dombrowski (John JayCollege of Criminal Justice, CUNY).

20. Cultural Appropriation: Tressa Berman (Independent Curator;Affliated Scholar, Women’s Leadership Institute at MillsCollege; and Research Associate, California Academy ofSciences).

21. Community Healing and Cultural Citizenship: Renya K. Ramirez(University of California, Santa Cruz).

22. Native Hawai‘ians: Cari Costanzo Kapur (StanfordUniversity).

Part VI: Anthropological Method and PostcolonialPractice:.

23. Ethnography: Peter Whiteley (American Museum of NaturalHistory, New York).

24. Beyond “Applied” Anthropology: Les W. Field(University of New Mexico).

25. Linguistic Anthropology: James Collins (University atAlbany, SUNY).

26. Visual Anthropology: Harald E. L. Prins (Kansas StateUniversity).

27. Archaeology: Larry J. Zimmerman (Minnesota HistoricalSociety).


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