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Medicine Women - The Story of the First Native American Nursing School (Paperback): Jim Kristofic Medicine Women - The Story of the First Native American Nursing School (Paperback)
Jim Kristofic
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After the Indian wars, many Americans still believed that the only good Indian was a dead Indian. But at Ganado Mission in the Navajo country of northern Arizona, a group of missionaries and doctors-who cared less about saving souls and more about saving lives-chose a different way and persuaded the local parents and medicine men to allow them to educate their daughters as nurses. The young women struggled to step into the world of modern medicine, but they knew they might become nurses who could build a bridge between the old ways and the new. In this detailed history Jim Kristofic traces the story of Ganado Mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Kristofic's personal connection with the community creates a nuanced historical understanding that blends engaging narrative with careful scholarship to share the stories of the people and their commitment to this place.

A Month And A Day - & Letters (Paperback): Ken Saro-Wiwa A Month And A Day - & Letters (Paperback)
Ken Saro-Wiwa
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Indian Nations of Wisconsin - Histories of Endurance and Renewal (Paperback, 2nd): Patty Loew Indian Nations of Wisconsin - Histories of Endurance and Renewal (Paperback, 2nd)
Patty Loew; Foreword by Paul DeMain, J. P. Leary
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From origin stories to contemporary struggles over treaty rights and sovereignty issues, "Indian Nations of Wisconsin" explores Wisconsin's rich Native tradition. This unique volume--based on the historical perspectives of the state's Native peoples--includes compact tribal histories of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oneida, Menominee, Mohican, Ho-Chunk, and Brothertown Indians. Author Patty Loew focuses on oral tradition--stories, songs, the recorded words of Indian treaty negotiators, and interviews--along with other untapped Native sources, such as tribal newspapers, to present a distinctly different view of history. Lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs, "Indian Nations of Wisconsin" is indispensable to anyone interested in the region's history and its Native peoples.

The first edition of "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal," won the Wisconsin Library Association's 2002 Outstanding Book Award.

Massacre of the Dreamers - Essays on Xicanisma (Paperback, Revised ed.): Ana Castillo, Clarissa Pinkola Estes Massacre of the Dreamers - Essays on Xicanisma (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Ana Castillo, Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights

This new edition of an immensely influential book gives voice to Mexic Amerindian women silenced for hundreds of years by the dual censorship of being female and indigenous. Castillo replaced the term "Chicana feminism" with "Xicanisma" to include mestiza women on both sides of the border. In history, myth, interviews, and ethnography Castillo revisits her reflections on Chicana activism, spiritual practices, sexual attitudes, artistic ideology, labor struggles, and education-related battles. Her book remains a compelling document, enhanced here with a new afterword that reexamines the significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Sound of Navajo Country - Music, Language, and Dine Belonging (Paperback): Kristina M Jacobsen The Sound of Navajo Country - Music, Language, and Dine Belonging (Paperback)
Kristina M Jacobsen
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In this ethnography of Navajo (Dine) popular music culture, Kristina M. Jacobsen examines questions of Indigenous identity and performance by focusing on the surprising and vibrant Navajo country music scene. Through multiple first-person accounts, Jacobsen illuminates country music's connections to the Indigenous politics of language and belonging, examining through the lens of music both the politics of difference and many internal distinctions Dine make among themselves and their fellow Navajo citizens. As the second largest tribe in the United States, the Navajo have often been portrayed as a singular and monolithic entity. Using her experience as a singer, lap steel player, and Navajo language learner, Jacobsen challenges this notion, showing the ways Navajos distinguish themselves from one another through musical taste, linguistic abilities, geographic location, physical appearance, degree of Navajo or Indian blood, and class affiliations. By linking cultural anthropology to ethnomusicology, linguistic anthropology, and critical Indigenous studies, Jacobsen shows how Navajo poetics and politics offer important insights into the politics of Indigeneity in Native North America, highlighting the complex ways that identities are negotiated in multiple, often contradictory, spheres.

Monsters of Contact - Historical Trauma in Caddoan Oral Traditions (Hardcover): Mark Van De Logt Monsters of Contact - Historical Trauma in Caddoan Oral Traditions (Hardcover)
Mark Van De Logt
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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - An Indian History of the American West (Paperback, 30th Anniversary ed.): Dee Brown Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - An Indian History of the American West (Paperback, 30th Anniversary ed.)
Dee Brown
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Immediately recognized as a revelatory and enormously controversial book since its first publication in 1971, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is universally recognized as one of those rare books that forever changes the way its subject is perceived. Now repackaged with a new introduction from bestselling author Hampton Sides to coincide with a major HBO dramatic film of the book, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
""Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee "is Dee Brown's classic, eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold over four million copies in multiple editions and has been translated into seventeen languages.
Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the series of battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them and their people demoralized and decimated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" changed forever our vision of how the West was won, and lost. It tells a story that should not be forgotten, and so must be retold from time to time.

The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee - Indian America from 1890 to the Present (Hardcover): David Treuer The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee - Indian America from 1890 to the Present (Hardcover)
David Treuer
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Mayan Tales from Chiapas, Mexico (Hardcover): Robert M. Laughlin, Francisca Hernandez Hernandez Mayan Tales from Chiapas, Mexico (Hardcover)
Robert M. Laughlin, Francisca Hernandez Hernandez; Foreword by Gary H. Gossen; Translated by Socorro Gomez Hernandez, Juan Benito De La Torre
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The forty-two stories presented in this book were told to Robert Laughlin in Tzotzil by Francisca Hernandez Hernandez, an elderly woman known as Dona Pancha, the only speaker of Tzotzil left in the village of San Felipe Ecatepec in Chiapas, Mexico. Laughlin and Dona Pancha's running conversation is the source for the stories, which means they are told in much the same way that stories are told in traditional native settings. Dona Pancha is bilingual in Tzotzil and Spanish, and the stories are presented here in English, Tzotzil, and Spanish. They range from mythological sacred stories to quasi-historical legends to historical accounts of life in the twentieth century."

Jicarilla Apache - A Portrait (Paperback, New Ed): Nancy Hunter Warren Jicarilla Apache - A Portrait (Paperback, New Ed)
Nancy Hunter Warren; Contributions by Veronica E.Velarde Tiller
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Between 1976 and 1993 Nancy Warren visited the Jicarilla Apache reservation in northern New Mexico numerous times. She was permitted to photograph their daily activities and various celebrations. Warren's ninety halftone photographs capture the Jicarilla lifestyles and customs, revealing an understanding of their culture and beliefs. While most sacred ceremonies could not be photographed, the important tribal foot race is well documented.

Veronica Tiller provides an essay about the reservation, its history, and its resources to familiarize potential visitors with the area.

"The reservation offers the outdoor enthusiast and tourist some of the most spectacular vacation, sightseeing, sports, hunting, and fishing opportunities in the southwestern United States. For the sportsman, hunting on the reservation is considered some of the best in the United Sates, drawing hunters and sightseers worldwide. Five major big game (elk and deer) migration corridors cross the reservation. Game includes elk, black bear, mountain lion, turkey, and Canadian geese. In addition, seven of the tribe's fifteen mountain lakes are stocked with rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout. Fishing is permitted at Dulce, Enbom, Hayden, Horse, La Jara, Mundo, and Stone Lakes, and the Navajo River. The tribe welcomes all visitors, but it requires that they abide by guidelines and restrictions intended to protect and preserve natural resources."--from Veronica Tiller's essay

From Huronia to Wendakes - Adversity, Migration, and Resilience, 1650-1900 (Hardcover): Thomas Peace, Kathryn Labelle From Huronia to Wendakes - Adversity, Migration, and Resilience, 1650-1900 (Hardcover)
Thomas Peace, Kathryn Labelle
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Indigenous Persistence in the Colonized Americas - Material and Documentary Perspectives on Entanglement (Hardcover): Heather... Indigenous Persistence in the Colonized Americas - Material and Documentary Perspectives on Entanglement (Hardcover)
Heather Law Pezzarossi, Russell N. Sheptak
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This scholarly collection explores the method and theory of the archaeological study of indigenous persistence and long-term colonial entanglement. Each contributor offers an examination of the complex ways that indigenous communities in the Americas have navigated the circumstances of colonial and postcolonial life, which in turn provides a clearer understanding of anthropological concepts of ethnogenesis and hybridity, survivance, persistence, and refusal. Indigenous Persistence in the Colonized Americas highlights the unique ability of historical anthropology to bring together various kinds of materials-including excavated objects, documents in archives, and print and oral histories-to provide more textured histories illuminated by the archaeological record. The work also extends the study of historical archaeology by tracing indigenous societies long after their initial entanglement with European settlers and colonial regimes. The contributors engage a geographic scope that spans Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and other models of colonization.

Bitterroot - A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption (Hardcover): Susan Devan Harness Bitterroot - A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption (Hardcover)
Susan Devan Harness
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In Bitterroot Susan Devan Harness traces her journey to understand the complexities and struggles of being an American Indian child adopted by a white couple and living in the rural American West. When Harness was fifteen years old, she questioned her adoptive father about her "real" parents. He replied that they had died in a car accident not long after she was born-except they hadn't, as Harness would learn in a conversation with a social worker a few years later. Harness's search for answers revolved around her need to ascertain why she was the target of racist remarks and why she seemed always to be on the outside looking in. New questions followed her through college and into her twenties when she started her own family. Meeting her biological family in her early thirties generated even more questions. In her forties Harness decided to get serious about finding answers when, conducting oral histories, she talked with other transracial adoptees. In her fifties she realized that the concept of "home" she had attributed to the reservation existed only in her imagination. Making sense of her family, the American Indian history of assimilation, and the very real-but culturally constructed-concept of race helped Harness answer the often puzzling questions of stereotypes, a sense of nonbelonging, the meaning of family, and the importance of forgiveness and self-acceptance. In the process Bitterroot also provides a deep and rich context in which to experience life.

The Saltwater Frontier - Indians and the Contest for the American Coast (Hardcover): Andrew Lipman The Saltwater Frontier - Indians and the Contest for the American Coast (Hardcover)
Andrew Lipman
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A fascinating new perspective on Native seafaring and colonial violence in the seventeenth-century American Northeast Andrew Lipman's eye-opening first book is the previously untold story of how the ocean became a "frontier" between colonists and Indians. When the English and Dutch empires both tried to claim the same patch of coast between the Hudson River and Cape Cod, the sea itself became the arena of contact and conflict. During the violent European invasions, the region's Algonquian-speaking Natives were navigators, boatbuilders, fishermen, pirates, and merchants who became active players in the emergence of the Atlantic World. Drawing from a wide range of English, Dutch, and archeological sources, Lipman uncovers a new geography of Native America that incorporates seawater as well as soil. Looking past Europeans' arbitrary land boundaries, he reveals unseen links between local episodes and global events on distant shores. Lipman's book "successfully redirects the way we look at a familiar history" (Neal Salisbury, Smith College). Extensively researched and elegantly written, this latest addition to Yale's seventeenth-century American history list brings the early years of New England and New York vividly to life.

Food, Control, and Resistance - Rations and Indigenous Peoples in the United States  and South Australia (Paperback): Tamara... Food, Control, and Resistance - Rations and Indigenous Peoples in the United States and South Australia (Paperback)
Tamara Levi, Walter R. Echo-Hawk
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An essential component of every culture, food offers up much more than mere sustenance. Food is also important in religion, ceremony, celebration, and cultural knowledge and transmission. Colonial governments were well aware of the cultural importance of food. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, governments manipulated rations in attempts to control indigenous movement, induce culture change and assimilation, decrease indigenous independence, and increase dependence on provided goods. However, indigenous peoples often frustrated these plans by taking rations for their own reasons and with their own cultural interpretations of the process. Tamara Levi uses four case studies to examine food rationing policies, practices, and results in the United States and South Australia. She looks at government rationing among the Pawnees and Osages in Nebraska and Indian Territory and among the Moorundie Aborigines and Ngarrindjeris at Point McLeay in South Australia during the mid and late nineteenth century. She highlights similarities in the use of food rations by two settler societies. She also explores how differences in environment, indigenous and colonial populations, and overall indigenous policies impacted the rationales for and implementation of food rationing as a tool for forced acculturation.

Acoma - Pueblo in the Sky (Hardcover, Rev Ed): Ward Alan Minge Acoma - Pueblo in the Sky (Hardcover, Rev Ed)
Ward Alan Minge
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The only official history of the Sky City sanctioned by the tribal council, "Acoma: Pueblo in the Sky" chronicles the social, economic, and political history of the Acoma tribe. For centuries the people of Acoma have endured newcomers on the New Mexican plains who often came at once to marvel at, and manipulate, the Acoma way of life. Through the advent of rival tribes, the Spanish, and the thousands of tourists who now visit Sky City every year, the Acomas have weathered years of such intrusions.

Drawing on tribal documents, Minge traces the evolution of the pueblo and explores the ongoing struggle of the Acomas to preserve their traditions. He pays particular attention to the problems that beset the nation during the twentieth century and demonstrates how, through their successful efforts to regain lost lands, the development of their economy, and the creation of their own social-service programs, they have persevered.

In Defense of Loose Translations - An Indian Life in an Academic World (Hardcover): Elizabeth Cook-Lynn In Defense of Loose Translations - An Indian Life in an Academic World (Hardcover)
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
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In Defense of Loose Translations is a memoir that bridges the personal and professional experiences of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn. Having spent much of her life illuminating the tragic irony of being an Indian in America, this provocative and often controversial writer narrates the story of her intellectual life in the field of Indian studies. Drawing on her experience as a twentieth-century child raised in a Sisseton Santee Dakota family and under the jurisdictional policies that have created significant social isolation in American Indian reservation life, Cook-Lynn tells the story of her unexpectedly privileged and almost comedic "affirmative action" rise to a professorship in a regional western university. Cook-Lynn explores how different opportunities and setbacks helped her become a leading voice in the emergence of Indian studies as an academic discipline. She discusses lecturing to professional audiences, activism addressing nonacademic audiences, writing and publishing, tribal-life activities, and teaching in an often hostile and, at times, corrupt milieu. Cook-Lynn frames her life's work as the inevitable struggle between the indigene and the colonist in a global history. She has been a consistent critic of the colonization of American Indians following the treaty-signing and reservation periods of development. This memoir tells the story of how a thoughtful critic has tried to contribute to the debate about indigenousness in academia.

A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux (Hardcover, Special edition, 50th Anniversary Edition): Helen H. Blish A Pictographic History of the Oglala Sioux (Hardcover, Special edition, 50th Anniversary Edition)
Helen H. Blish; Introduction by Mari Sandoz, Candace S. Greene, Emily Levine
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Originally published in 1967, this remarkable pictographic history consists of more than four hundred drawings and script notations by Amos Bad Heart Bull, an Oglala Lakota man from the Pine Ridge Reservation, made between 1890 and the time of his death in 1913. The text, resulting from nearly a decade of research by Helen H. Blish and originally presented as a three-volume report to the Carnegie Institution, provides ethnological and historical background and interpretation of the content. This 50th anniversary edition provides a fresh perspective on Bad Heart Bull's drawings through digital scans of the original photographic plates created when Blish was doing her research. Lost for nearly half a century-and unavailable when the 1967 edition was being assembled-the recently discovered plates are now housed at the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives. Readers of the volume will encounter new introductions by Emily Levine and Candace S. Greene, crisp images and notations, and additional material that previously appeared only in a limited number of copies of the original edition.

Stone Prayers - Native American Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard (Paperback): Curtiss Hoffman Stone Prayers - Native American Constructions of the Eastern Seaboard (Paperback)
Curtiss Hoffman
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Narrative of the Life of Mary Jemison (Paperback, New edition): James E. Seaver Narrative of the Life of Mary Jemison (Paperback, New edition)
James E. Seaver
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The film Dance with Wolves shows how some whites, at the time of the first European contacts with American Indians, chose not to return to their own culture. Mary Jemison was perhaps the most famous white captive who stayed to live among the Indians. Her account of her life with the Senecas--as told to upstate New York doctor James Everett Seaver in 1824--has gone through countless editions, reprints, and retellings before the creation of this definitive edition by the feminist scholar of ethnicity June Namias. In 1758, at about the age of fifteen, Mary Jemison was captured with her Scotch-Irish family in western Pennsylvania by a party of six Shawnees and four French in the Seven Years' War. Her captors traded her to two Seneca sisters, who adopted her to replace a slain brother. Jemison knew that her family had been killed when she saw her mother's red-haired scalp drying over a campfire along with the scalps of her father and brothers. She herself would survive two Indian husbands (a Delaware and a Seneca), the births of eight children, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the development of the canals in western New York, to die in 1833 at about age ninety. Mary Jemison's vivid personal account of her life is full of insights into Iroquois culture. It is also a major document of acculturation and survival. Mrs. Jemison stayed with the Senecas mainly because of family ties, but she also became part of Seneca society. A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison is an example of an original American literary genre, the captivity narrative. Such wild and woolly accounts were the first westerns of the American frontier and the first national best-sellers. But Jemison's story isalso about the conflicts, complexities, and relationships among white and native cultures in early America. Her Iroquois woman's perspective on the American Revolution, and on New York in the eighteenth and the early nineteenth century, is unique among the primary sources that w

Under the Eagle - Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker (Paperback): Samuel Holiday, Robert S McPherson Under the Eagle - Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker (Paperback)
Samuel Holiday, Robert S McPherson
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Samuel Holiday was one of a small group of Navajo men enlisted by the Marine Corps during World War II to use their native language to transmit secret communications on the battlefield. Based on extensive interviews with Robert S. McPherson, "Under the Eagle" is Holiday's vivid account of his own story. It is the only book-length oral history of a Navajo code talker in which the narrator relates his experiences in his own voice and words.
"Under the Eagle" carries the reader from Holiday's childhood years in rural Monument Valley, Utah, into the world of the United States's Pacific campaign against Japan--to such places as Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Central to Holiday's story is his Navajo worldview, which shapes how he views his upbringing in Utah, his time at an Indian boarding school, and his experiences during World War II. Holiday's story, coupled with historical and cultural commentary by McPherson, shows how traditional Navajo practices gave strength and healing to soldiers facing danger and hardship and to veterans during their difficult readjustment to life after the war.
The Navajo code talkers have become famous in recent years through books and movies that have dramatized their remarkable story. Their wartime achievements are also a source of national pride for the Navajos. And yet, as McPherson explains, Holiday's own experience was "as much mental and spiritual as it was physical." This decorated marine served "under the eagle" not only as a soldier but also as a Navajo man deeply aware of his cultural obligations.

Left Handed, Son of Old Man Hat - A Navajo Autobiography (Paperback, Special edition, A Bison Classic Edition): Left Handed Left Handed, Son of Old Man Hat - A Navajo Autobiography (Paperback, Special edition, A Bison Classic Edition)
Left Handed; Introduction by Jennifer Denetdale; Edited by Walter Dyk; Foreword by Edward Sapir
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With a simplicity as disarming as it is frank, Left Handed tells of his birth in the spring of 1868 "when the cottonwood leaves were about the size of [his] thumbnail," of family chores such as guarding the sheep near the hogan, and of his sexual awakening. As he grows older, his account turns to life in the open: nomadic cattle-raising, farming, trading, communal enterprises, tribal dances and ceremonies, lovemaking, and marriage. As Left Handed grows in understanding and stature, the accumulated wisdom of his people is revealed to him. He learns the Navajo lifeway, which is founded on the principles of honesty, foresightedness, and self-discipline. The style of the narrative is almost biblical in its rhythms, but biblical, too, in many respects, is the traditional way of life it recounts.

Aboriginal Adolescence (Paperback): Victoria Katherine Burbank Aboriginal Adolescence (Paperback)
Victoria Katherine Burbank
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This analysis of female adolescence in an Australian Aboriginal community focuses on adolescent sexual behavior, marriage, and the conflict between adult expectations and adolescent behavior in these domains.

The Fourth World - An Indian Reality (Paperback): George Manuel, Michael Posluns The Fourth World - An Indian Reality (Paperback)
George Manuel, Michael Posluns; Foreword by Vine Deloria Jr; Introduction by Glen Sean Coulthard
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A foundational work of radical anticolonialism, back in print Originally published in 1974, The Fourth World is a critical work of Indigenous political activism that has long been out of print. George Manuel, a leader in the North American Indian movement at that time, with coauthor journalist Michael Posluns, presents a rich historical document that traces the struggle for Indigenous survival as a nation, a culture, and a reality. The authors shed light on alternatives for coexistence that would take place in the Fourth World-an alternative to the new world, the old world, and the Third World. Manuel was the first to develop this concept of the \u201cfourth world\u201d to describe the place occupied by Indigenous nations within colonial nation-states. Accompanied by a new Introduction and Afterword, this book is as poignant and provocative today as it was when first published.

The Gift of the Face - Portraiture and Time in Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian (Hardcover, 1st New edition):... The Gift of the Face - Portraiture and Time in Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian (Hardcover, 1st New edition)
Shamoon Zamir
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Edward S. Curtis's "The North American Indian" is the most ambitious photographic and ethnographic record of Native American cultures ever produced. Published between 1907 and 1930 as a series of twenty volumes and portfolios, the work contains more than two thousand photographs intended to document the traditional culture of every Native American tribe west of the Mississippi. Many critics have claimed that Curtis's images present Native peoples as a "vanishing race," hiding both their engagement with modernity and the history of colonial violence. But in this major reappraisal of Curtis's work, Shamoon Zamir argues instead that Curtis's photography engages meaningfully with the crisis of culture and selfhood brought on by the dramatic transformations of Native societies. This crisis is captured profoundly, and with remarkable empathy, in Curtis's images of the human face. Zamir also contends that we can fully understand this achievement only if we think of Curtis's Native subjects as coauthors of his project.
This radical reassessment is presented as a series of close readings that explore the relationship of aesthetics and ethics in photography. Zamir's richly illustrated study resituates Curtis's work in Native American studies and in the histories of photography and visual anthropology.

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