Unlearning the Language of Conquest: Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America

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Responding to anti-Indianism in America, the wide-ranging perspectives culled in Unlearning the Language of Conquest present a provocative account of the contemporary hegemony still at work today, whether conscious or unconscious. Four Arrows has gathered a rich collection of voices and topics, including:

  • Waziyatawin Angela Cavender Wilson's "Burning Down the House: Laura Ingalls Wilder and American Colonialism," which probes the mentality of hatred woven within the pages of this iconographic children's literature.
  • Vine Deloria's "Conquest Masquerading as Law," examining the effect of anti-Indian prejudice on decisions in U.S. federal law.
  • David N. Gibb's "The Question of Whitewashing in American History and Social Science," featuring a candid discussion of the spurious relationship between sources of academic funding and the types of research allowed or discouraged.
  • Barbara Alice Mann's "Where Are Your Women? Missing in Action," displaying the exclusion of Native American women in curricula that purport to illuminate the history of Indigenous Peoples.

Bringing to light crucial information and perspectives on an aspect of humanity that pervades not only U.S. history but also current sustainability, sociology, and the ability to craft accurate understandings of the population as a whole, Unlearning the Language of Conquest yields a liberating new lexis for realistic dialogues.

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What People Are Saying

Daniel R. Wildcat
Outstanding scholarship. . . . Giant first steps towards the goal of providing a truthful and constructive understanding of indigenous worldviews.
Daniel R. Wildcat, Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies, Haskell Indian Nations University
Daniel R. Wildcat
Outstanding scholarship. . . . Giant first steps towards the goal of providing a truthful and constructive understanding of indigenous worldviews.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292713260
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

FOUR ARROWS (Wahinkpe Topa), also known as Don Trent Jacobs, is a Professor in Fielding Graduate University’s College of Educational Leadership and Change and an Associate Professor in Northern Arizona University’s Educational Leadership Department. Of Cherokee, Creek, and Scots-Irish ancestry, he holds a doctorate from Boise State University focused on indigenous worldviews. Jacobs was Dean of Education at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is a Lakota Sun Dancer. Recipient of the Martin Springer Institute for Holocaust Studies Moral Courage Award in 2004, Jacobs currently lives in Mexico, where he works as an activist in behalf of the Seri people.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Note on Chief Seathl's Speech
Prologue: Red Road, Red Lake--Red Flag!
by Four Arrows
Introduction by Four Arrows

1. Happiness and Indigenous Wisdom in the History of the Americas by Frank Bracho
2. Adventures in Denial: Ideological Resistance to the Idea That the Iroquois Helped Shape American Democracy by Bruce E. Johansen
3. Burning Down the House: Laura Ingalls Wilder and American Colonialism by Waziyatawin Angela Cavender Wilson
4. (Post) Colonial Plainsongs: Toward Native Literary Worldings by Jodi A. Byrd
5. Conquest Masquerading as Law by Vine Deloria Jr.
6. Traditional Native Justice: Restoration and Balance, Not "Punishment"
by Rudy Al James (ThlauGooYailthThlee-The First and Oldest Raven)
7. Where Are Your Women? Missing in Action by Barbara Alice Mann
8. Peaceful versus Warlike Societies in Pre-Columbian America: What Do Archaeology and Anthropology Tell Us?
by James DeMeo
9. Ecological Evidence of Large-scale Silviculture by California Indians by Lee Klinger
10. Preserving the Whole: Principles of Sustainability in Mi'kmaw Forms of Communication by Trudy Sable
11. The Language of Conquest and the Loss of the Commons by Chet Bowers
12. Overcoming Hegemony in Native Studies Programs by Devon A. Mihesuah
13. The Question of Whitewashing in American History and Social Science by David N. Gibbs
14. Before Predator Came: A Plea for Expanding First Nations Scholarship as European Shadow Work by David Gabbard
15. Roy Rogers, Twin Heroes, and the Christian Doctrine of Exclusive Salvation by Four Arrows
16. Western Science and the Loss of Natural Creativity by Gregory Cajete
17. On the Very Idea of "A Worldview" and of "Alternative Worldviews"
by Bruce Wilshire

Epilogue by Four Arrows
Appendix: Essays from The Encyclopedia of American Indian History by Four Arrows
"The Myth of the Noble Savage"
"Indian Education and Social Control"
"American Indian Worldviews and Values"

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