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All too frequently, Native Americans have little control over how they and their ancestors are researched and depicted in scholarly writings. The relationship between Native peoples and the academic community has become especially ...
All too frequently, Native Americans have little control over how they and their ancestors are researched and depicted in scholarly writings. The relationship between Native peoples and the academic community has become especially rocky in recent years. Both groups are grappling with troubling questions about research ethics, methodology, and theory in the field and in the classroom.
In this timely and illuminating anthology, ten leading Native scholars examine the state of scholarly research and writing on Native Americans. They offer distinctive, frequently self-critical perspectives on several important issues: the representativeness of Native informants, the merits of various methods of data collection, the veracity and role of oral histories, the suitability of certain genres of scholarly writing for the study of Native Americans, the marketing of Native culture and history, and debates about cultural essentialism. Some contributors propose alternative forms of scholarship. Special attention is also given to the experiences, responsibilities, and challenges facing Native academics themselves.
With lively prose and telling arguments, Natives and Academics lends clarity to the heated debate about the purpose and direction of Native American scholarship.
"The essays are spirited and refreshing in bringing out key issues concerning the study and the marketing of American Indian culture and history."—Multicultural Review
"Provocative, clear, and forceful."—Western Historical Quarterly
"The joy of this book is that Indians speak for themselves, and speak very well indeed!"—Book Talk: New Mexico Book League
|American Indian History or Non-Indian Perceptions of American Indian History?||23|
|Grandmother to Granddaughter: Generations of Oral History in a Dakota Family||27|
|Commonalty of Difference: American Indian Women and History||37|
|Special Problems in Teaching Leslle Marmon Silko's Ceremony||55|
|Comfortable Fictions and the Struggle for Turf: An Essay Review of The Invented Indian: Cultural Fictions and Government Policies||65|
|Ethics and Responsibilities in Writing American Indian History||84|
|Licensed Trafficking and Ethnogenetic Engineering||100|
|American Indian Intellectualism and the New Indian Story||111|
|Cultural Imperialism and the Marketing of Native America||139|
|On Revision and Revisionism: American Indian Representations in New Mexico||172|
|American Indian Studies is for Everyone||181|
|Why Indian People Should Be the Ones to Write about Indian Education||190|