Native Pathways: American Indian Culture and Economic Development in the Twentieth Century / Edition 1

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How has American Indians' participation in the broader market - as managers of casinos, negotiators of oil leases, or commercial fishermen - challenged the U.S. paradigm of economic development? Have American Indians paid a cultural price for the chance at a paycheck? How have gender and race shaped their experiences in the marketplace? Contributors to Native Pathways ponder these and other questions, highlighting how indigenous peoples have simultaneously adopted capitalist strategies and altered them to suit their own distinct cultural beliefs and practices. Including contributions from historians, anthropologists, and sociologists, Native Pathways offers fresh viewpoints on economic change and cultural identity in twentieth-century Native American communities. Foreword by Donald L. Fixico.

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"Federal policy makers and 'development' experts have steadfastly insisted that Native American cultural assimilation follows from heavy-handed manipulation of the tribes' economic bases. And Native cultures have in fact adjusted. But they have not assimilated. Brian Hosmer and Colleen O'Neill have edited an important collection of essays that examines this dynamic. The book's major theme is that imposed (and voluntary) economic changes often have strengthened, not erased, Native cultural identity. An important contributing factor to this result is a second theme: Natives have integrated work and economic development with other components of their own distinctive world views such as kinship and spirituality. . . . This anthology is clearly important for scholars of Native American life. Beyond that, it should be required reading for any nonacademics involved in Native 'development' and its policy infrastructure."
The Journal of American History

"[An] excellent edited volume about economic development and modernization in Native American societies during the twentieth century. This book is clearly important for providing a panoply of examples of how the dualisms in these theories fail to describe historical changes in Native American communities. . . . insightful and well-argued case studies defy the old dualistic assumptions and help move the larger theoretical discussion along. . . . I highly recommend this volume for both undergraduate and graduate classes in anthropology, Native American studies, and history, but also in sociology and political science."
Journal of Anthropological Research

"An important, indeed pivotal, work, which brings together Native American culture and economic theory. It should be of interest to students of Indian history and cultures as well as economists, development specialists, tribal leaders, and the business community."
Rennard Strickland, University of Oregon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870817755
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,317,583
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Hosmer is associate professor of history and American Indian studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and director of The Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. Colleen O'Neill is associate professor of history at Utah State University and associate editor of Western Historical Quarterly.

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Table of Contents

1 Rethinking modernity and the discourse of development in American Indian history, an introduction 1
2 Searching for salvation and sovereignty : Blackfeet oil leasing and the reconstruction of the tribe 27
3 Minding their own business : the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache business committee of the early 1900s 52
4 Casino roots : the cultural production of twentieth-century Seminole economic development 66
5 The dawn of a new day? : notes on Indian gaming in southern California 91
6 The devil's in the details : tracing the fingerprints of free trade and its effects on Navajo weavers 112
7 "All we needed was our gardens" : women's work and welfare reform in the reservation economy 133
8 Work and culture in southeastern Alaska : Tlingits and the salmon fisheries 156
9 Five dollars a week to be "regular Indians" : shows, exhibitions, and the economics of Indian dancing, 1880-1930 184
10 Land, labor, and leadership : the political economy of Hualapai community building, 1910-1940 209
11 Working for identity : race, ethnicity, and the market economy in northern California, 1875-1936 238
12 Local knowledge as traditional ecological knowledge : definition and ownership 261
13 "Dollar a day and glad to have it" : work relief on the Wind River Indian Reservation as memory 283
14 Tribal capitalism and Native capitalists : multiple pathways of Native economy 308
15 Conclusion 330
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