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

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

by Colin G. Calloway, Gerd Gemunden
     
 


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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803264205
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Editors' Acknowledgments
Close Encounters: Deutsche and Indianer3
Compatriots15
Germany's Indians in a European Perspective25
Historical Encounters across Five Centuries47
American Indians and Moravians in Southern New England83
"The Complexion of My Country": The German as "Other" in Colonial Pennsylvania97
German Immigrants and Intermarriage with American Indians in the Pacific Northwest121
A Nineteenth-Century Ojibwa Conquers Germany141
German Indianthusiasm: A Socially Constructed German National(ist) Myth167
Nineteenth-Century German Representations of Indians from Experience185
Indians Playing, Indians Praying: Native Americans in Wild West Shows and Catholic Missions195
Germans Playing Indian213
Indian Impersonation as Historical Surrogation217
Between Karl May and Karl Marx: The DEFA Indianerfilme243
"Stranger and Stranger": The (German) Other in Canadian Indigenous Texts259
An Introduction to Louise Erdrich's The Antelope Wife281
"Blitzkuchen": An Excerpt from The Antelope Wife287
Bibliography295
List of Contributors331
Index335

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