Studying Native America: Problems and Prospects

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1998 - 443 trang
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"The White Man does not understand the Indian for the reason that he does not understand America. He is too far removed from its formative process. The roots of the tree of his life have not yet grasped rock and soil." The words of Lakota writer Luther Standing Bear foretold the current debate on the value of Native American studies in higher education. Studying Native America addresses for the first time in a comprehensive way the place of this critical discipline in the university curriculum. Leading scholars in anthropology, demography, English and literature, history, law, social work, linguistics, public health, psychology, and sociology have come together to explore what Native American studies has been, what it is, and what it may be in the future.
The book's thirteen contributors and editor Russell Thornton, stress the frequent incompatibility of traditional academic teaching methods with the social and cultural concerns that gave rise to the field of Native American studies. Beginning with the intellectual and institutional history of Native American studies, the book examines its literature, language, historical narratives, and anthropology. The volume discusses the effects on Native American studies of law and constitutionalism; cosmology, epistemology, and religion; identity; demography; colonialism and post-colonialism; science and technology; and repatriation of human remains and cultural objects.
Contributors to Studying Native America include Raymond J. DeMallie, Bonnie Duran, Eduardo Duran, Raymond D. Fogelson, Clara Sue Kidwell, Kerwin Lee Klein, Melissa L. Meyer, John H. Moore, Peter Nabokov, Katheryn Shanley, C. Matthew Snipp, Rennard Strickland, Russell Thornton, J. Randolph Valentine, Robert Allen Warrior, Richard White, and Maria Yellowhorse-Braveheart. The book is sponsored in part by the Social Science Research Council.
 

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Introduction and Overview
3
The Demography of Colonialism and Old and New
17
Perspectives on Native American Identity
40
Native Americans and the Trauma of History
60
Institutional and Intellectual Histories
79
American Indian Literature and the Future
130
Linguistics and Languages in Native American Studies
152
Native American Studies and the End of Ethnohistory
182
History and Native American Studies
217
Sovereignty Survival and Self
247
Truth and Tolerance in Native American Epistemology
271
The Foundation for Native American Society
306
Directions in Native American Science and Technology
357
Who Owns Our Past? The Repatriation of Native American
385
A Final Note
416
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Russell Thornton, a Cherokee Indian, is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include We Shall Live Again, American Indian Holocaust and Survival, and The Cherokees: A Population History.

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