Imagining Indians in the Southwest: Persistent Visions of a Primitive Past / Edition 1by Leah Dilworth
Pub. Date: 12/17/1997
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
In Imagining Indians in the Southwest, Leah Dilworth examines the creation and enduring potency of the early twentieth-century myth of the primitive Indian. She demonstrates how visions of Indians created by tour companies, anthropologists, collectors of Indian crafts, and modernist writers have reflected white anxieties about complex racial and… See more details below
In Imagining Indians in the Southwest, Leah Dilworth examines the creation and enduring potency of the early twentieth-century myth of the primitive Indian. She demonstrates how visions of Indians created by tour companies, anthropologists, collectors of Indian crafts, and modernist writers have reflected white anxieties about complex racial and cultural issues.
Dilworth explores diverse expressions of mainstream society's primitivist impulse from the Fred Harvey Company's guided tours of Indian pueblos supposedly untouched by modern life to ethnographic descriptions of the Hopi Snake dance as alien and exotic. She reveals how magazines touted the preindustrial simplicity of Indian artisanal occupations and how Mary Austin's 1923 book, The American Rhythm, urged poets to emulate the cadences of Native American song and dance.
Contending that Native Americans of the Southwest still are seen primarily as living relics, Dilworth describes the ways in which they have resisted cultural colonialism. She concludes with a consideration of two contemporary artists who, by infusing their works with history and complexity, are recasting the practices and politics of primitivism.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Uses of the Primitive Chapter 3 The Politics of Representation Chapter 4 The Players in Context Part 5 1. Representing the Hopi Snake Dance Chapter 6 Textualizing the Snake Dnace Chapter 7 The Snake Dance in Ethnographic Exhibits Chapter 8 The Snake Dance as a Tourist Attraction Chapter 9 Cultural Incorporation of the Snake Dance Chapter 10 The Snake Dance as Spectacle Part 11 2. Discovering Indians in Fred Harvey's Southwest Chapter 12 The Rise of the Fred Harvey Company Chapter 13 The Spectacle of Fred Harvey's Southwest Chapter 14 Appearing and Disappearing in Fred Harvey's Southwest Chapter 15 The Machinery of the Tourist Spectacle Chapter 16 The Touristic Exchange Chapter 17 Re-presenting the Touristic Encounter Part 18 3. The Spectacle of Indian Artisanal Labor Chapter 19 The Development of Markets for Indian Crafts Chapter 20 The Collector-Connoisseur Chapter 21 The Indian Artisan Chapter 22 Imagining Primitive Labor Chapter 23 Artisanal Craft as a Tool of Reform Chapter 24 Limitations of the Artisan Stereotype Part 25 4. Modernism, Primitivism, and The American Rhythm Chapter 26 Modernist Primitivism Chapter 27 Cultural Nationalism and Regionalism Chapter 28 Primitivism as a Cultural Cure Chapter 29 The Indian and Aesthetic Authenticity Chapter 30 The Semiotics of Playing Indian
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