Reflections on American Indian History: Honoring the Past, Building a Future / Edition 1

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Overview

As American Indian communities face the new century, they look to the future armed with confidence in the indigenous perspectives that have kept them together thus far. Now five premier scholars in American Indian history, along with a tribal leader who has placed an indelible mark on the history of her people, show how understanding the past is the key to solving problems facing Indians today.

Edited by Albert L. Hurtado and introduced by Wilma Mankiller, this book includes the insights of Colin G. Calloway, R. David Edmunds, Laurence M. Hauptman, Peter Iverson, and Brenda J. Child—scholars who have helped shape the way an entire generation thinks about American Indian history. Writing broadly about twentieth-century Native history, they focus on themes that drive this field of study: Indian identity, tribal acknowledgment, sovereignty, oral tradition, and cultural adaptation.

Drawn from the Wilma Mankiller Symposium on American History, these thoughtful essays show how history continues to influence contemporary Native life. The authors carve a broad geographic swath—from the Oneidas’ interpretation of the past, to the perseverance of the jingle dress tradition among the Ojibwes, to community persistence in the Southwest. Wilma Mankiller’s essay on contemporary tribal government adds a personal perspective to understanding the situation of Indian people today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806138961
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Albert L. Hurtado is Professor and Paul H. and Doris Eaton Travis Chair of Modern American History at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of several books, including John Sutter: A Life on the North American Frontier.�

Wilma Mankiller is former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation.

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Table of Contents

Preface   Albert L. Hurtado     vii
Introduction   Wilma Mankiller     xiii
My Grandfather's Axe: Living with a Native American Past   Colin G. Calloway     3
Moving with the Seasons, Not Fixed in Stone: The Evolution of Native American Identity   R. David Edmunds     32
Three Stories of War: History and Memory in an American Indian Community   Laurence M. Hauptman     58
"Our Future Is Burning Bright": American Indian Histories as Continuing Stories   Peter Iverson     87
Wilma's Jingle Dress: Ojibwe Women and Healing in the Early Twentieth Century   Brenda J. Child     113
List of Contributors     137
Index     141
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