Weaving Ourselves into the Land: Charles Godfrey Leland, 'Indians,' and the Study of Native American Religions

Weaving Ourselves into the Land: Charles Godfrey Leland, 'Indians,' and the Study of Native American Religions

by Thomas C. Parkhill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791434532

ISBN-13: 9780791434536

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Examines how both negative and positive stereotypes of the "Indian" have influenced the study of Native American religions.

It is now over half a millennium since the first sustained contact between the peoples of Europe and North America, yet Native Americans and especially their religious traditions still fascinate those who are not Native. In Weaving

Overview

Examines how both negative and positive stereotypes of the "Indian" have influenced the study of Native American religions.

It is now over half a millennium since the first sustained contact between the peoples of Europe and North America, yet Native Americans and especially their religious traditions still fascinate those who are not Native. In Weaving Ourselves into the Land, Thomas Parkhill argues that this fascination draws much more on a stereotype of the “Indian” than on the lives and history of actual Native Americans. This stereotype, whether used approvingly or disparagingly, has informed the work of authors writing about Native American religions for audiences with both general and professional interests. The figure of Charles Godfrey Leland plays an important part in Parkhill’s investigation. Leland’s 1884 collection of “legends” about the Micmac, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot culture hero Kluskap becomes the touchstone for reflection on the larger study of Native American religions. The author argues that most scholars of these religions, including himself, continue to be—like Leland over a hundred years ago—bewitched by the stereotype of the “Indian.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791434536
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
SUNY series in Native American Religions Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. An Introduction to the Conversation: Charles G. Leland, and Naming

2. The Story of Kluskap and Malsum

3. The Making of "the Real Gospel of Manliness"

4. Raw Data and Cooked: Rendering "Indians" into Aryans

5. Of Conversations: Savagism, Primitivism, and the Use of the "Indian" Stereotype

6. Weaving Himself into the Landscape: Charles Leland's Use of the "Indian" Stereotype

7. In the Absence of the Wisdom of the Elders: The Contemporary Use of the "Indian" Stereotype

8. Reworking the "Indian" for Place: Scholars and Native Americans

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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