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The imagined ghosts of Native Americans have been an important element of colonial fantasy in North America ever since European settlements were established in the seventeenth century. Native burial grounds and Native ghosts have long played a role in both regional and local folklore and in the national literature of the United States and Canada, as settlers struggled to create a new identity for themselves that melded their European heritage with their new, North American frontier surroundings. In this interdisciplinary volume, Colleen E. Boyd and Coll Thrush bring together scholars from a variety of fields to discuss this North American fascination with “the phantom Native American.”  Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence explores the importance of ancestral spirits and historic places in Indigenous and settler communities as they relate to territory and history—in particular cultural, political, social, historical, and environmental contexts. From examinations of how individuals reacted to historical cases of “hauntings,” to how Native phantoms have functioned in the literature of North Americans, to interdisciplinary studies of how such beliefs and narratives allowed European settlers and Indigenous people to make sense of the legacies of colonialism and conquest, these essays show how the past and the present are intertwined through these stories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Introduction: Bringing Ghosts to Ground
  2. pp. vii-xl
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  1. Part 1: Methodologies
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer as Indigenous Gothic
  2. pp. 3-25
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  1. 2. Violence on the Home Front in Robinson Jeffers’s “Tamar”
  2. pp. 26-53
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  1. 3. Hauntings as Histories: Indigenous Ghosts and the Urban Past in Seattle
  2. pp. 54-82
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  1. Part 2: Historical Encounters
  2. pp. 83-84
  1. 4. The Anatomy of a Haunting: Black Hawk’s Body and the Fabric of History
  2. pp. 85-116
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  1. 5. The Baldoon Mysteries
  2. pp. 117-150
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  1. 6. Haunting Remains: Educating a New American Citizenry at Indian Hill Cemetery
  2. pp. 151-178
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  1. Part 3: The Past in the Present
  2. pp. 180-181
  1. 7. “We Are Standing in My Ancestor’s Longhouse”: Learning the Language of Spirits and Ghosts
  2. pp. 181-208
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  1. 8. Indigenous Hauntings in Settler–Colonial Spaces: The Activism of Indigenous Ancestors in the City of Toronto
  2. pp. 209-254
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  1. 9. Shape-shifters, Ghosts, and Residual Power: An Examination of Northern Plains Spiritual Beliefs, Location, Objects, and Spiritual Colonialism
  2. pp. 255-279
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  1. 10. Ancestors, Ethnohistorical Practice, and the Authentication of Native Place and Past
  2. pp. 280-300
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 303-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-317
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803236189
Print ISBN
9780803211377
MARC Record
OCLC
792742291
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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