American Indians and the American Imaginary” considers the power of representations of Native Americans in American public culture.
The book s wide-ranging case studies move from colonial captivity narratives to modern film| from the camp fire to the sports arena| from legal and scholarly texts to tribally-controlled museums and cultural centers.The author s ethnographic approach to what she calls representational practices focus on the emergence| use| and transformation of representations in the course of social life.
Central themes include identity and otherness| indigenous cultural politics| and cultural memory| property| performance| citizenship| and transformation.
“American Indians and the American Imaginary” will interest general readers as well as scholars and students in anthropology| history| literature| education| cultural studies| gender studies| American Studies| and Native American and Indigenous Studies.
It is essential reading for those interested in the processes through which national| tribal| and indigenous identities have been imagined| contested| and refigured.