Other Words: American Indian Literature, Law, and Culture / Edition 1

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Eloh’, a Cherokee word, is usually translated by anthropologists as "religion," but it also simultaneously encompasses history, culture, knowledge, law, and land. In this provocative work, Jace Weaver interlaces these seemingly disparate meanings to form a coherent approach to Native American Studies.

In nineteen interrelated chapters, Weaver presents a range of experiences shared by native peoples in the Americas, from the distant past to the uncertain future. He examines Indian creative output, from oral tradition to the postmodern wordplay of Gerald Vizenor, and brings to light previously overlooked texts. Weaver also tackles up-to-the-minute issues, including environmental crises, Native American spirituality, repatriation of Indian remains and cultural artifacts, and international human rights.

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Editorial Reviews

American Indian Literature
Explodes inaccurate myths about Indians.
Library Journal
Weaver (American studies, religious studies, and law, Yale Univ.) has written an intriguing volume that attempts to bridge three subfields of Native American studies: literature, law, and culture. She succeeds admirably in this collection of thoughtful, informative pieces. In the first chapter, "In Other's Words," Weaver addresses a number of provocative questions, such as "What does it mean to be Native American?," "Is American Indian identity measured by blood, genealogy, or culture?," and "Is Native American art simply any art produced by a Native American?" Another especially fascinating chapter is "Indian Presence with No Indians Present," which details laws and cases regarding the preservation (or lack thereof) of Native American remains. Some previously published pieces have been rewritten and updated for this collection. An excellent choice for academic libraries supporting Native American studies classes. Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville Lib., KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806133522
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: American Indian Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jace Weaver is the author of Other Words: American Indian Literature, Law, and Culture and That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Literature 1
1 In Other's Words: Literature and Community 3
2 Trickster among the Wordies: The Work of Gerald Vizenor 53
3 Venus on the Half-Shell? Why Not? 59
4 Remnants of the First Earth: A Review 66
5 An Ubermensch among the Apache: Or, Karl May's Tour of the Grand Teutons 69
6 Clowns and Villains: American Natives and the American Musical 91
7 Innocents Abroad: Or, Smilla Has a Sense of Snow, but Our Kanawakes Are in Egypt 117
8 Hell and Highwater 130
9 Original Simplicities and Present Complexities: Reinhold Niebuhr, Ethnocentrism, and the Myth of American Exceptionalism 140
Pt. 2 Law 155
10 Indian Presence with No Indians Present: NAGPRA and Its Discontents 157
11 Losing My Religion: Native American Traditions and American Religious Freedom 175
12 Triangulated Power and the Environment: Tribes, the Federal Government, and the States 189
13 Scaling Rios Montt: Indigenous Peoples, International Human Rights, and the Pinochet Case 201
Pt. 3 Culture 227
14 It Came from Outer Space: Of Museums, Meteorites, and Messengers of the Gods 229
15 Native Reformation in Indian Country? Forging a Relevant Spiritual Identity among Indian Christians 237
16 A Biblical Paradigm for Native Liberation 242
17 Trickster: The Sacred Fool 246
18 Reaching beyond Language: Native American Eschatology and Apocalyptic Messianism 258
19 From I-Hermeneutics to We-Hermeneutics: Native Americans and the Post-Colonial 280
Notes 305
Bibliography 357
Index 375
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