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

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

by Jace Weaver
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806133522
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
American Indian Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

"Blue"
Preface
Pt. 1Literature1
1In Other's Words: Literature and Community3
2Trickster among the Wordies: The Work of Gerald Vizenor53
3Venus on the Half-Shell? Why Not?59
4Remnants of the First Earth: A Review66
5An Ubermensch among the Apache: Or, Karl May's Tour of the Grand Teutons69
6Clowns and Villains: American Natives and the American Musical91
7Innocents Abroad: Or, Smilla Has a Sense of Snow, but Our Kanawakes Are in Egypt117
8Hell and Highwater130
9Original Simplicities and Present Complexities: Reinhold Niebuhr, Ethnocentrism, and the Myth of American Exceptionalism140
Pt. 2Law155
10Indian Presence with No Indians Present: NAGPRA and Its Discontents157
11Losing My Religion: Native American Traditions and American Religious Freedom175
12Triangulated Power and the Environment: Tribes, the Federal Government, and the States189
13Scaling Rios Montt: Indigenous Peoples, International Human Rights, and the Pinochet Case201
Pt. 3Culture227
14It Came from Outer Space: Of Museums, Meteorites, and Messengers of the Gods229
15Native Reformation in Indian Country? Forging a Relevant Spiritual Identity among Indian Christians237
16A Biblical Paradigm for Native Liberation242
17Trickster: The Sacred Fool246
18Reaching beyond Language: Native American Eschatology and Apocalyptic Messianism258
19From I-Hermeneutics to We-Hermeneutics: Native Americans and the Post-Colonial280
Notes305
Bibliography357
Index375

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