Shaman or Sherlock?: The Native American Detective

Shaman or Sherlock?: The Native American Detective

by Gina Macdonald, Andrew Macdonald
     
 

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

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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.

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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

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Two Ways of Knowing: Mainstream and Native American23
3Native American Crime and Detection Novels: Earth and Spirit Power49
4The Southwestern Detective Story: A Reflection of the Land77
5The Southwestern Detective: Shaman or Sherlock?105
6Shamans and Sherlocks: Unravelling Crime in the Mountains and on the Plains141
7The Northwest: Shamanistic Horror amid Eerie Rain Forests195
8Alaska and the Canadian Northwest Territories: Wilderness Challenges and Human Limitations211
9The East Coast and Great Lakes Nations: Modern Reincarnations of Past Glory241
10Conclusion: The "Indian" in Detective Fiction - Present Realities and Future Directions259
Bibliography269
Index281

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