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Notes from a Miner's Canary: Essays on the State of Native America
     

Notes from a Miner's Canary: Essays on the State of Native America

by Jace Weaver
 

ISBN-10: 0826348742

ISBN-13: 9780826348746

Pub. Date: 08/16/2010

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

The title of this lively collection of Jace Weaver's essays comes from Felix Cohen, the great authority on American Indian law: "The Indian plays much the same role in our American society that the Jews played in Germany. Like the miner's canary, the Indian marks the shift from fresh air to poisonous gas in our political atmosphere; and our treatment of Indians

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The title of this lively collection of Jace Weaver's essays comes from Felix Cohen, the great authority on American Indian law: "The Indian plays much the same role in our American society that the Jews played in Germany. Like the miner's canary, the Indian marks the shift from fresh air to poisonous gas in our political atmosphere; and our treatment of Indians, even more than our treatment of other minorities, marks the rise and fall of our democratic faith."

But the book goes far beyond the subject of law. The wide range of cultural references shows why the author is respected as a leader in the field of Native American Studies. Beginning with a survey of the state of Native American Studies and ending with an account of the Trail of Tears, he also tackles environmentalism and environmental justice, NAGPRA, war tribunals, pilgrimage and migration, ethnography, food, architecture, ghost stories, identity, theory, and a few other provocative subjects, including a splendid tribute to the towering significance of N. Scott Momaday.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826348746
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
08/16/2010
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 More Light than Heat: The Current State of Native American Studies 1

Chapter 2 Notes from a Miner's Canary: Natives and Environmental Justice 23

Chapter 3 Hope Is a Thing with Feathers: Indian as Icon 53

Chapter 4 The American Indian Land Case: Choctaw Nation v. Cherokee Nation 69

Chapter 5 NAGPRA and the Return of the Repressed 77

Chapter 6 Turtle Goes to War: Of Military Commissions, the Constitution, and American Indian Memory 95

Chapter 7 Pilgrimage Trails and Migration Traditions: Foregrounds and Backgrounds to the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 217

Chapter 8 Of Trembling Gods and Moon-Eyed People: Ruminations on the Limits of Ethnography 247

Chapter 9 Telectroscopy: Searching for the Ancestral Puebloans 275

Chapter 10 When the Demons Come: (Retro) Spectacle among the Savages 297

Chapter 11 A Lantern to See By: Survivance and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Oklahoma 313

Chapter 12 The Adamant of Time: Native American Land, Architecture, and Ethics 333

Chapter 13 ...But I'll Give You My Chili Recipe 353

Chapter 14 Blackface, Redface, and the Yellow Peril 359

Chapter 15 The Mystery of Language: N. Scott Momaday, an Appreciation 375

Chapter 16 Empires, No Matter How Gained: Unmasking the Barbarism with a Human Face 385

Chapter 17 Not Bereft: A Story of Cherokee Survivance 393

Notes 407

Index 439

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