Native Signatures of Assent
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I grew up on the border—literally and figuratively—of the Leech Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota and, as everyone already knows, life on an Indian reservation can be a hard thing to endure. The difficulties of Indian life are complicated by the shade and color of your skin, which in my case is fairly light. Sometimes during my youth I would ...
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An x-mark is a treaty signature. During the eighteenth and nineteenth cen-turies it was a common practice for treaty commissioners to have their Indian interlocutors make x-marks as signifiers of presence and agreement. Many an Indian’s signature was recorded by the phrase “his x-mark,” and An x-mark also signified coercion. As everyone knows, treaties were ...
1 Identity Crisis
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It was the last night of the powwow, and my twelve-year-old daughter was walking around with her girlfriends, or, more precisely, walking back and forth in front of a group of boys their age. This was during that awkward but sweet time of life when formerly distinct groups of girls and boys start to merge, and my daughter and her friends were justifiably ...
2 Culture and Its Cops
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In 1961, 420 Indians representing sixty-seven nations held a small but historic conference at the University of Chicago. The American Indian Chicago Conference discussed numerous aspects of Indian life, formed policy resolutions, established work committees, set agendas, and cata-lyzed the creation of the National Indian Youth Council, an early Red ...
3 Nations and Nationalism since 1492
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In his classic 1950 Discourse on Colonialism, the great Martinican poet Aimé Césaire outlined the important task that lay before anticolonial ac-For us, the problem is not to make a utopian and sterile attempt to repeat the past, but to go beyond. It is not a dead society that we want to revive. We leave that to those who go in for exoticism. Nor is it ...
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Long before the new traditionalism appeared on the scene, the cantanker-ous Ojibwe polemicist Wub-e-ke-niew (Francis Blake Jr.) did something remarkable: he disenrolled himself from the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. I repeat: he disenrolled himself. Wub-e-ke-niew was a fluent speaker of Ojibwemowin, a member of the Midewiwin (Grand Medicine ...
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About the Author
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English at Syracuse University, where he teaches indigenous and American literatures. He has also taught at Leech Lake Tribal College, the University of North Dakota, and Concordia College, Moorhead. The author of numerous critical and scholarly essays (including “Rhetorical Sovereignty: What Do American Indians Want from Writing?”), he is also a personal ...
Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Indigenous Americas