Native American Identities / Edition 1

Native American Identities / Edition 1

by Scott B. Vickers
     
 

ISBN-10: 082631886X

ISBN-13: 9780826318862

Pub. Date: 05/01/1998

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Issues of identity and authenticity present perennial challenges to both Native Americans and critics of their art. Vickers examines the long history of dehumanizing depictions of Native Americans while discussing such purveyors of stereotypes as the Puritans, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Hollywood. These stereotypes abetted a national policy robbing Indians of…  See more details below

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Issues of identity and authenticity present perennial challenges to both Native Americans and critics of their art. Vickers examines the long history of dehumanizing depictions of Native Americans while discussing such purveyors of stereotypes as the Puritans, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Hollywood. These stereotypes abetted a national policy robbing Indians of their cultural identity. As a contrast to these, he examines the work of white authors and artists such as Helen Hunt Jackson, Oliver La Farge, the Taos Society of Artists, and Frank Waters, who created more archetypal fictional Indian characters.

In the second half of the book, Vickers explores the work of Indian artists and writers, such as Edgar Heap of Birds, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Linda Hogan, and Sherman Alexie who craft humanizing new images of authenticity and legitimacy, bridging the gap between stereotype and archetype. This is an essential book for all readers with an interest in the tragic history of Indian-white conflict.

"Vickers is one of the few to consider artists and writers in relation to each other. He offers a refreshingly commonsensical approach."-Herta Wong, University of California, Berkley

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826318862
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1Introduction: Stereotypes and Archetypes1
2Necessity is the Mother of Reinvention: The Semiology and Psychology of Conquest15
3Wroughten Scoundrels: Bad Indians, Good Indians35
4Portraits of Dishonor: The Legacy of Helen Hunt Jackson45
5A Recapitulation of Indianness: Laughing Boy and Slim Girl55
6The Enchantment of the Disenfranchised: Artistic Images of the Pueblo Indian65
7Grounds for Mythification: Frank Waters in "The Red Atlantis"85
8From Western Art to Archetype: The Path of the Spirit in Modern Indian Art107
9The Storytellers: Transforming the Oral Tradition125
10Conclusion: Resistance in the Blood159
Notes167
Bibliography179
Index187

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