Cultural Representation in Native America

Cultural Representation in Native America

AltaMira Press
August 2006
192 pages
Cloth 0-7591-0984-2 / 978-0-7591-0984-1
Paper 0-7591-0985-0 / 978-0-7591-0985-8

Edited by:

Andrew J. Jolivétte, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies
San Francisco State University

Today as in the past there are many cultural and commercial representations of American Indians that, thoughtlessly or otherwise, negatively shape the images of indigenous people. Jolivétte and his co-authors challenge and contest these images, demonstrating how Native representation and identity are at the heart of Native politics and Native activism. In portrayals of a Native Barbie Doll or a racist mascot, disrespect of Native women, misconceptions of mixed race identities, or the commodification of all things “Indian”, the authors reveal how the very existence of Native people continues to be challenged, with harmful repercussions in social and legal policy, not just in popular culture. The authors re-articulate Native history, religion, identity, and oral and literary traditions in ways that allow the true identity and persona of the Native person to be recognized and respected. It is a project that is fundamental to ethnic revitalization and the recognition of indigenous rights in North America. This book is a provocative and essential introduction for students and Native and non-Native people who wish to understand the images and realities of American Indian lifeways in American society.

Table of Contents

  • PART I: Contestation and Representation, Chapter 1: Mapping Contests in Unknown Locations
    Paula Gunn Allen
  • Say Hau to Native American Barbie
    Kim Shuck
  • Liquor Moccasins
    Philip Klasky
  • (Dis)Locating Spiritual Knowledge: Embodied Ideologies, Social Landscapes, and the Power of the Neoshamanic Other
    Sara Sutler-Cohen
  • Mascots in the New Millennium
    Winona LaDuke
  • PART II: Contestation and Politics, Chapter 6: Native American Resistance and Revitalization in the Era of Self-Determination
    Troy Johnson
  • Identity, Oral Tradition, and Inter-generational Healing in the Southern Paiute Salt Songs
    Melissa Nelson
  • In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
    Winona LaDuke
  • Part III: Contestation and Mixed Race Identity; Chapter 9: In the Tracks of ‘the’ Native Woman
    Norma Alarcon
  • Chapped with Weather and Age: Mixed-Blood Identity and the Shape of History
    Sara Stuler-Cohen
  • Dunn Playing Indian
    Carolyn Dunn
  • Examining the Regional and Multi-Generational Context of Creole and American Indian Identity
    Andrew Jolivette
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