Native American Identities / Edition 1

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Overview

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: 5/1/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1 Introduction: Stereotypes and Archetypes 1
2 Necessity is the Mother of Reinvention: The Semiology and Psychology of Conquest 15
3 Wroughten Scoundrels: Bad Indians, Good Indians 35
4 Portraits of Dishonor: The Legacy of Helen Hunt Jackson 45
5 A Recapitulation of Indianness: Laughing Boy and Slim Girl 55
6 The Enchantment of the Disenfranchised: Artistic Images of the Pueblo Indian 65
7 Grounds for Mythification: Frank Waters in "The Red Atlantis" 85
8 From Western Art to Archetype: The Path of the Spirit in Modern Indian Art 107
9 The Storytellers: Transforming the Oral Tradition 125
10 Conclusion: Resistance in the Blood 159
Notes 167
Bibliography 179
Index 187
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