Rethinking American Indian History / Edition 1

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Overview

Writing from the Indian point of view is a central concern to historians today. Not only are new sources needed to understand native peoples, but new questions must be asked--questions based in a deep knowledge of the languages and cultures of Native Americans. The seven essays in this volume present innovative approaches to revising Indian history and understanding native peoples on their own terms.

In this book seven leading scholars address the complex challenges of understanding over 500 Indian tribes as they see themselves. In addition to general discussions of historiography, the contributors address such issues as writing the history of native women, understanding Indian people's relationship to the natural world, and conveying the role of native oral traditions. The contributors are James Axtell, William T. Hagan, Glenda Riley, Theda Purdue, Richard White, Angela Cavender Wilson, and the volume editor, Donald Fixico.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826318190
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 1,338,431
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald L. Fixico is director of the Indigenous Nations Studies Program and professor of history at the University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Historiography
1 The Ethnohistory of Native America 11
2 The New Indian History 29
3 The Historiography of American Indian and Other Western Women 43
Pt. 2 Analysis and Methodology
4 Writing the Ethnohistory of Native Women 73
5 Indian Peoples and the Natural World: Asking the Right Questions 87
6 Power of the Spoken Word: Native Oral Traditions in American Indian History 101
7 Methodologies in Reconstructing Native American History 117
Contributors 131
Index 133
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