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
     
 

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 in to the Land, Thomas Parkhill argues that this fascination draws much more on a stereotype of the "Indian" than on the lives… See more details below

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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 in to 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 or professional interest. 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."

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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
1An Introduction to the Conversation: Charles G. Leland, and Naming1
2The Story of Kluskap and Malsum17
3The Making of "the Real Gospel of Manliness"33
4Raw Data and Cooked: Rendering "Indians" into Aryans49
5Of Conversations: Savagism, Primitivism, and the Use of the "Indian" Stereotype67
6Weaving Himself Into the Landscape: Charles Leland's Use of the "Indian" Stereotype89
7In the Absence of the Wisdom of the Elders: The Contemporary Use of the "Indian" Stereotype109
8Reworking the "Indian" for Place: Scholars and Native Americans131
Appendix149
Notes159
Bibliography207
Index229

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