Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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Title Page, Copyright
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Location of Indian Communities Discussed in this Volume
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Here at the onset of the second decade of the half millennium since initial encounters between tribal worlds, old and new, where the reemergence of Western hemispheric tribal nations defies predictions, repeated and historical, of their demise, we are prompted to consider the meanings, dimensions, and manifestations, and general project of indigenous ...
Part I: Definitions
Chapter 1: Tuscarora Political Domains
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When I was a young man, in 1948 and 1949, I stayed on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation with my wife Betty and two-year-old son Monty to do research for my doctoral dissertation. After Betty’s death in 2003, I was invited back to Tuscarora by the Bissell family (descendants of the family we had stayed with fifty years before) to renew old ties, to ...
Chapter 2: ‘To Renew Our Fire’: Political Activism, Nationalism, and Identity in Three Rotinonhsionni Communities
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In October of 1888 more than two hundred Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in Southern Ontario wrote to the Governor General of Canada to inform him that after nearly twenty years of experience with the Indian Act system of elective government, they had revived their traditional council system and appointed six hereditary clan chiefs to...
Chapter 3: Kinship as an Assertion of Sovereign Native Nationhood
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As a concept, the nation is maddeningly difficult to define. Like “spirit” or “health,” the term “nation” encompasses a multiplicity of meanings that shift depending on the context. John Carlos Rowe has argued that the “. . . use of the word national . . . refers to a complex and irreducible array of discourses, institutions, policies, and practices...
Chapter 4: Marked by Fire: Anishinaabe Articulations of Nationhood in Treaty-Making with the United States and Canada
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Upon this revelation, Nenabozho requested that he would go and try to fetch some of that fire. His grandmother warned him that it would be a difficult task, one that he would likely not succeed in. But Nenabozho was determined...
Chapter 5: Imagining Un-Imagined Communities: The Politics of Indigenous Nationalism
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In November 2005, the American Society for Ethnohistory held its annual meeting in Santa Fe. After the presentations of one panel dealing with American Indian nationalism, an audience member asked the presenters whether they thought that Anderson’s concept of “imagined communities”1 is applicable to Native American communities. A moment of silence ensued, ...
Part II: Manifestations
Chapter 6: Articulating a Traditional Future: Makah Sealers and Whalers, 1880–1999
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On the morning of May 17, 1999, eight Makahs paddled the Hummingbird up to the three-year-old gray whale. Ignoring the drizzling weather, buzz of news copters above, and watchful eyes of the National Marine Fisheries biologist, Theron Parker hurled the harpoon. Unlike his misses on the prior two days of hunting, this throw sank...
Chapter 7: Beyond Folklore: Historical Writing and Treaty Rights Activism in the Bad River WPA
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From 1936 to 1942, ten Ojibwe from the Bad River Reservation were employed under the Works Progress Administration as part of the “Chippewa Indian Historical Project.” Their work resulted in over 300 essays, in which they chronicled the history and culture of the community. The original purpose of the project was to sift through...
Chapter 8: Anishinaabe Gathering Rights and Market Arts: The Contribution of the WPA Indian Handicraft Project in Michigan
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On October 25, 2007, after two years of negotiation, five Michigan tribes signed an Inland Consent Decree which settled thirty-four years of litigation with the United States of America, the State of Michigan, and several conservation and sport fishing organizations over inland hunting, fishing, and gathering rights reserved by those tribes in the ...
Chapter 9: We Worked and Made Beautiful Things: Kiowa Women, Material Culture, and Peoplehood, 1900–1939
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N. Scott Momaday, a Kiowa writer, elaborated upon the importance of cradleboards, fully beaded baby carriers, to the continuity of American Indian lifeways and expressive traditions. For Momaday, the cradles constructed and beaded at the turn of the century were imbued with hope for a better future. They cultivated and carried artists such as his...
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Publication Year: 2013