Reviewing, Relocating, Reclaiming
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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The editors would like to thank members of the Native Studies Research Network, UK, for their ongoing enthusiasm and intellectual inspiration since the network was founded in 2006. Special thanks go to all committee members past and present: Max Carocci, Graeme Finnie, Mick Gidley, Claudia Haake, Sam Maddra, Jacky Moore, Stephanie Pratt, David Stirrup, Gabriella ...
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When working on the island of New Caledonia, the French missionary and ethnologist, Maurice Leenhardt (1878–1954), in conversation with his most trusted Native informant, Erijisi Boesoou, proclaimed: “In short, what we’ve brought into your thinking is the notion of esprit” [spirit or mind]. To which Boesoou retorted: “Spirit? Bah! We’ve always known about spirit. What you ...
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If you make your bodies of me, you will live to see old age, and live into the Blessed Days. That was what the indigenous beings said to the Osages, when we came down from the stars into this world, and sent our messengers ahead to find out how to live in this new place and time—a Creation Story that used to be told during the traditional Naming Ceremony. The messengers traveled ...
1Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
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My work comes from a visceral place—deep, deep—as though my roots extend beyond the soles of my feet into sacred soils. Can I take these feelings and attach them to the passerby? To my dying breath, and my You don’t have anything / if you don’t have the stories. Their evil is mighty / but it can’t stand up to our stories. So they try to destroy the ...
2Restating Indigenous Presencein Eastern Dakota and Ho Chunk(Winnebago) Portraits of the 1830s–1860s
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This essay examines a small selection of painted and photographic portraits that represent Eastern Dakota and Winnebago male leaders from the southern Minnesota area in the middle years of the nineteenth century, between the 1830s and the 1860s. These portraits—two paintings and one photograph—were made in a period of some volatility and I will use them as a synecdoche ...
IIDISMEMBERMENT AND DISPLAY
3Plaster-Cast Indians at the National Museum
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The artist James Luna (Luiseño) uses his own body as a performative instru-ment in order to deconstruct historically entrenched stereotypes of Native identity and so counterbalance the objectification of the Native body in museum displays. In one of his best known works, “Artefact Piece,” 1987, he delivered a set of complicated messages to his viewer. Lying face-up, near-...
4William Lanné’s Pipe
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The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart in Tasmania recently installed a new Aboriginal display. One of the glass cases contains a nineteenth-century tobacco pipe labeled “William Lanné’s pipe.” This exhibit, presented without any explanatory context, demonstrates the simplicity, the humanity, and the utter recognizability of the item, and by extension its owner. Anyone ...
IIIGENDER AND SEXUALITY
5Sodomy, Ambiguity, and Feminization
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The travelers anxiously regarded the upright, flexible figure of the young Mohican, graceful and unrestrained in the attitudes and movements of nature . . . Heyward . . . openly expressed his admiration of such an Whether explicit or hidden under the appearances of gentlemanly admira-tion, as expressed in the quote from the novel by James Fenimore Cooper ...
6Devil with the Face of an Angel
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The French Oblate missionary, Émile Petitot (1838–1916), who lived in the Canadian northwest from 1862 to 1881, wrote about the language, tradi-tions, history, and territory of the Dene1 and Tchiglit (Siglit) Inuit.2 Petitot was a prolific author.3 However, with the exception of his contribution to geography (which included maps with Aboriginal toponyms and ethnonyms4) ...
IVIMAGINATION AND COMMODIFICATION
7Marketing Indigenous Bodies in theFiction of Leslie Marmon Silko,Louise Erdrich, and Sherman Alexie
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...“White people want to be Indians. You all have things we don’t have. You live at peace with the earth. You are so wise,”1 says Betty, a white groupie of an Indian rock band, Coyote Springs, in Sherman Alexie’s 1995 novel Reservation Blues. Betty’s words are symptomatic of an intense interest in and enduring fascination with Indian cultures which, as many Native and non-Native critics ...
8Stories from the Womb—Esther Belin’s From the Belly of My Beauty
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Through the image of a storyteller in whose body, as if in a mother’s womb, stories grow, Leslie Marmon Silko points to the fundamental role played by storytelling and language in Native American tradition, which is “to heal, to regenerate, and to create.”2 Using the “reproductive” power of language to shape stories, the storyteller becomes an “agent of cultural continuity”3 and, ...
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Figure 1. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, The Red Mean: Self-Portrait, 1992, acrylic, newspaper collage, shellac, and mixed media on two canvas panels, 90 × 60 inches. Credit: Smith College Museum of Art. Part gift from Janet Wright Ketcham, class of 1953, and part purchase with the Janet Wright Ketcham, class of 1953, Fund, ID Figure 2. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Paper Dolls for a Post-Columbian World with ...
VDIS-EASE AND HEALING
9Prayer with Pain
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We are not individuals in one sense, for, in a community of people, we are all linked together, we are all part of the same family. So, when my neighbour hurts, I hurt. I have to play a role in making sure that he The introductory quotation by Saqamaw (chief) Mi’sel Joe, of the Conne River Mi’kmaq, suggests that the suffering of the individual is inseparable from the ...
10Coping with Colonization
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Diabetes is currently emerging as a global health issue, but Aboriginal people in Canada have suffered from epidemic rates of type 2 diabetes and its many medical complications for several decades.1 Biomedical studies of this phe-nomenon among First Nation peoples have predominantly focused on physi-cal risk factors, such as genetics, nutrition, and exercise, in the prevention ...
11Representing Indigenous Bodies inEpeli Hau’ofa and Syaman Rapongan
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This chapter explores the representation of indigenous bodies within the con-text of the trans-indigenous Pacific. Drawing on the life narratives of Epeli Hau’ofa and Syaman Rapongan, two authors who are native to the Pacific region, I argue that Pacific indigenous body politics are very much connected to an “oceanic” body and constitute a “counter-conversion” from land to sea. ...
12The Many Indigenous Bodies of Kai Tahu
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What is the substance of this Ma¯ori cultural identification with resources? At the core of the Ma¯ori view of landscape is whakapapa, [that] which connects people to the[ir bodies of sea and] land.1 This chapter will explain and illuminate the terms that we as Kai Tahu2 use to describe and locate ourselves and our bodies in our world. In a Treaty ...
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Publication Year: 2013