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A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Anthropology

  • ID: 2383041
  • Book
  • February 2008
  • Region: United States
  • 592 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The status of American Indians has long been rooted in a view of Indians as members of indigenous polities with distinct cultures. Often, these cultures have been characterized by dominant colonial authorities as savage or primitive, and it is the discipline of anthropology that, willingly and wittingly, or not, helped to make the idea of the primitive into a social reality. Consequently, the tribal slot inhabited by American Indians – with both its benefits and its oppressions – is difficult to imagine without the discipline of anthropology.

A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians contains 27 original contributions by leading scholars who work actively as researchers in American Indian communities, or on the topic of American Indians. The book summarizes the state of anthropological knowledge of Indian peoples, as well as the history that got us to this point.
Treated here is the full range of American Indian anthropology: from ecological and political–economic questions to topics concerning religion, language, and expressive culture. Each chapter provides definitive coverage of its topic while situating ethnographic and ethnohistorical data in a broader framework. This framework includes the linked histories of American Indians and anthropology, the role of continued native resistance in changing both the situation of Indian people and the content of anthropology, and the potential role of anthropology in an anti–colonial project that speaks to the pressing concerns of contemporary Indians.

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Synopsis of Contents x

Notes on Contributors xviii

Introduction: What is the Anthropology of American Indians ? 1
Thomas Biolsi

Part I: Environments and Populations 5

1 Political and Historical Ecologies 7
Kenneth M. Ames

2 Historical Demography 24
Russell Thornton

Part II: Political, Social, and Economic Organization 49

3 Women and Men 51
Martha C. Knack

4 Politics 69
Loretta Fowler

5 Tribal or Native Law 95
Bruce Granville Miller

6 Culture and Reservation Economies 112
Kathleen Pickering

Part III: Knowledge and Expressive Culture 131

7 Knowledge Systems 133
Eugene S. Hunn

8 Oral Traditions 154
Rodney Frey

9 Religion 171
Raymond Bucko

10 Music 196
Luke Eric Lassiter

11 Art 212
Rebecca J. Dobkins

Part IV: Colonialism, Native Sovereignty, Law, and Policy 229

12 Political and Legal Status ( Lower 48 States) 231
Thomas Biolsi

13 Political and Legal Status of Alaska Natives 248
Caroline L. Brown

14 Federal Indian Policy and Anthropology 268
George Pierre Castile

15 Contemporary Globalization and Tribal Sovereignty 284
Randel D. Hanson

16 Treaty Rights 304
Larry Nesper

17 Education 321
Alice Littlefield

Part V: Cultural Politics and the Colonial Situation 339

18 Representational Practices 341
Pauline Turner Strong

19 The Politics of Native Culture 360
Kirk Dombrowski

20 Cultural Appropriation 383
Tressa Berman

21 Community Healing and Cultural Citizenship 398
Renya K. Ramirez

22 Native Hawaiians 412
Cari Costanzo Kapur

Part VI: Anthropological Method and Postcolonial Practice 433

23 Ethnography 435
Peter Whiteley

24 Beyond Applied Anthropology 472
Les W. Field

25 Language 490
James Collins

26 Visual Anthropology 506
Harald E. L. Prins

27 Archaeology 526
Larry J. Zimmerman

Index 542

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Thomas Biolsi
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