Shaman or Sherlock?: The Native American Detective

Shaman or Sherlock?: The Native American Detective

by Gina Macdonald, Andrew Macdonald
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313308411

ISBN-13: 9780313308413

Pub. Date: 11/30/2001

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Fictional depictions of Native American concepts of justice, crime, and the investigation of crime are explored in this original work. Shaman or Sherlock explores depictions created by Native American authors themselves, as well as those created by outsiders with mainstream agendas. The most successful of these writers fuse authentic Native American culture

Overview

Fictional depictions of Native American concepts of justice, crime, and the investigation of crime are explored in this original work. Shaman or Sherlock explores depictions created by Native American authors themselves, as well as those created by outsiders with mainstream agendas. The most successful of these writers fuse authentic Native American culture with standard genre conventions, thus providing an appealing, empathetic view of little-understood or underappreciated groups, as well as insight into issues of cross-cultural communication. Dealing with such significant concepts as acculturation, regional diversity, and assimilation, this unique study evaluates over 200 detective stories.

Though the crime novel began in Europe as a manifestation of Enlightenment rationality and scientific methodology, the Native American detective story moves into the realm of the spiritual and intuitive, often incorporating depictions of non-material phenomena. Shaman or Sherlock? explores how geographical and tribal differences, degrees of assimilation, and the evolution of age-old cultural patterns shape the Native American detective story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313308413
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture Series
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Two Ways of Knowing: Mainstream and Native American

Native American Crime and Detection Novels: Earth and Spirit Power

The Southwestern Detective Story: A Reflection of the Land

The Southwestern Detective: Shaman or Sherlock?

Shamans and Sherlocks: Unraveling Crime in the Mountains and on the Plains

The Northwest: Shamanistic Horror Infuses Eerie Rain Forests

Alaska and the Canadian Northwest Territories: Wilderness Challenges and Human Limitations

The East Coast and Great Lakes Nations: Modern Reincarnations of Past Glory

Conclusion: The "Indian" in Detective Fiction— Present Realities and Future Directions

Bibliography

Index

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