Tonto's Revenge: Reflections on American Indian Culture and Policy / Edition 1

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Overview

How do Native Americans maintain their identity and culture in a hostile society, and to what end? Tonto's Revenge is a passionate attempt by a leading Native American scholar to reassess the Indian world view and its importance to all Americans. His deeply felt essays project a vision of how Native Americans can recapture the power of their cultural legacies.

"What we have witnessed over the last five hundred years," states Rennard Strickland, "is the domination of an ideologically superior world view (that of the Native Americans) by a technologically advanced but spiritually bankrupt civilization (that of the discoverers)." He proposes a reversal of this pattern, arguing that "values must prevail over technology," especially if people are to attain balance and peace with themselves and their surroundings. He delineates the enduring cultural heritage of Indians in essays on law, literature, history, art, film, and culture.

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Meet the Author

Rennard Strickland, a legal historian of Osage and Cherokee heritage, is Dean and Knight Professor in the School of Law at the University of Oregon. He has published extensively on American Indian culture and policy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Yellow Bird's Song: The Dilemma of an Indian Lawyer and Poet 1
2 Tonto's Revenge, or, Who Is That Seminole in the Sioux Warbonnet? The Cinematic Indian! 17
3 "You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd Even if You Have All the Medicine": American Indian Law and Policy 47
4 Beyond the Ethnic Umbrella and the Blue Deer: Some Thoughts for Collectors of Native Painting and Sculpture 63
5 To Do The Right Thing: Reaffirming Indian Traditions of Justice Under Law 77
6 Lone Man, Walking Buffalo, and NAGPRA: Cross-Cultural Understanding and Safeguarding Human Rights, Sacred Objects, and Cultural Patrimony 85
7 As You Will: Through the Looking Glass of Indian Law and Policy, or, The Challenge of Painting on an Unfinished Canvas 99
Afterword: Strangers in a Strange Land
Personal and Historical Reflections 121
Notes 131
Index 149
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