Germans and Indians: Fantasies, Encounters, Projections / Edition 1

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Overview


For over three hundred years, the Indian peoples of North America have attracted the interest of diverse segments of German society—missionaries, writers, playwrights, anthropologists, filmmakers, hobbyists and enthusiasts, and even royalty. Today, German scholars continue to be drawn to Indians, as is the German public: tour groups from Germany frequent Plains reservations in the summer, and so-called Indianerclubs, where participants dress up in "authentic" Indian costume, are common. In this fascinating volume, scholars and writers illuminate the longstanding connection between Germans and the Indians.

From a range of disciplines and occupations, the contributors probe the historical and cultural roots of the interactions between Germans and Indians and examine how such encounters have been represented in different media over the centuries. Particularly important are reflections and insights by modern Native American writers on this relationship. Of special concern is why such a connection has endured. As the contributors make clear, the encounters between Germans and Indians were also imagined, sometimes as fantasy, sometimes as projection, both resonating deeply with the cultural sensibilities and changing historical circumstances of Germans over the years.

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Editorial Reviews

American Studies

"The book is rich in historical background and literary examples of the alleged German-Indian affinity and provides an excellent source for further study in this field."

—Kerstin Knopf, American Studies

American Historical Review

“The volume’s contributions. . . . offer expert as well as non-expert readers rewarding insights and information. Especially refreshing are the close-up studies of colonial German immigrants and their relationship to other settlers and to Native American groups.”

—Harry Liebersohn, American Historial Review

H-New Review

“Rarely does one encounter a book that is as difficult to evaluate in brief as it is fascinating to read. . . . Since no comparable study of encounters between Germans and Indians exists, this book addresses a major void in the history of trans-Atlantic interaction. . . . In addition to its ambitious scope, it also provides an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature. Because of its variegated array of academic vocabularies and methodologies, this book will command the attention of anyone interested in the contemporary resonance and history of the multifaceted encounters that have taken place between Germans and the indigenous peoples of North America since the seventeenth century.”

—Brian J. Boeck, H-Net Review

American Studies - Kerstin Knopf
"The book is rich in historical background and literary examples of the alleged German-Indian affinity and provides an excellent source for further study in this field."—Kerstin Knopf, American Studies
American Historical Review - Harry Liebersohn
“The volume’s contributions. . . . offer expert as well as non-expert readers rewarding insights and information. Especially refreshing are the close-up studies of colonial German immigrants and their relationship to other settlers and to Native American groups.”—Harry Liebersohn, American Historial Review
H-New Review - Brian J. Boeck
“Rarely does one encounter a book that is as difficult to evaluate in brief as it is fascinating to read. . . . Since no comparable study of encounters between Germans and Indians exists, this book addresses a major void in the history of trans-Atlantic interaction. . . . In addition to its ambitious scope, it also provides an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature. Because of its variegated array of academic vocabularies and methodologies, this book will command the attention of anyone interested in the contemporary resonance and history of the multifaceted encounters that have taken place between Germans and the indigenous peoples of North America since the seventeenth century.”—Brian J. Boeck, H-Net Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803264205
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Colin G. Calloway is chair of Native American studies at Dartmouth College. He is the author of New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America and The American Revolution in Indian Country: Crisis and Diversity in Native American Communities. Gerd Gemünden is a professor of German and comparative literature at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Framed Visions: Popular Culture, Americanization, and the Contemporary German and Austrian Imagination. The author of Colonial Fantasies: Conquest, Family, and Nation in Precolonial Germany, 1770–1870, Susanne Zantop was a professor of German and comparative literature at Dartmouth College.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editors' Acknowledgments
Close Encounters: Deutsche and Indianer 3
Compatriots 15
Germany's Indians in a European Perspective 25
Historical Encounters across Five Centuries 47
American Indians and Moravians in Southern New England 83
"The Complexion of My Country": The German as "Other" in Colonial Pennsylvania 97
German Immigrants and Intermarriage with American Indians in the Pacific Northwest 121
A Nineteenth-Century Ojibwa Conquers Germany 141
German Indianthusiasm: A Socially Constructed German National(ist) Myth 167
Nineteenth-Century German Representations of Indians from Experience 185
Indians Playing, Indians Praying: Native Americans in Wild West Shows and Catholic Missions 195
Germans Playing Indian 213
Indian Impersonation as Historical Surrogation 217
Between Karl May and Karl Marx: The DEFA Indianerfilme 243
"Stranger and Stranger": The (German) Other in Canadian Indigenous Texts 259
An Introduction to Louise Erdrich's The Antelope Wife 281
"Blitzkuchen": An Excerpt from The Antelope Wife 287
Bibliography 295
List of Contributors 331
Index 335
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