Indians In Unexpected Places

Item No: 5736

$ 18.95

  • Philip Deloria explores this cultural discordance to show how stereotypes and Indian experiences have competed for ascendancy in the wake of the military conquest of Native America and the nation's subsequent embrace of Native "authenticity." Rewriting the story of the national encounter with modernity, Deloria provides revealing accounts of Indians doing unexpected things-singing opera, driving cars, acting in Hollywood—in ways that suggest new directions for American Indian history.
    • Author: Philip Deloria
    • Paperback: 312 pages
    • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas; Paper edition edition (October 18, 2004)
    • ISBN-10: 0700614591
    • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Philip J. Deloria (Ph.D. Yale University, 1994, American Studies) is Professor in the Department of History, the Program in American Culture, and the Native American Studies program at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Indians in Unexpected Places (2004) and Playing Indian (1998), and the co-editor (with Neal Salisbury) of the Blackwell Companion to American Indian History (2002). Deloria was the president of the American Studies Association (May 2008-May 2009) and a member of the governing council of the Organization of American Historians. He is the winner of the John C. Ewers Prize in Ethnohistory, Western History Association, 2006 (for Indians in Unexpected Places) and a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, Gustavus Myers Program for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, 1999 (for Playing Indian). Deloria is a member of the Society of American Historians, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Michigan Society of Fellows. His specific interests in United States cultural history include American Indians, environmental history, and western and Midwestern regionalisms.
  • Focusing on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a time when, according to most standard American narratives, Indian people almost dropped out of history itself. Deloria argues that a great many Indians engaged the very same forces of modernization that were leading non-Indians to reevaluate their own understandings of themselves and their society. He examines longstanding stereotypes of Indians as invariably violent, suggesting that even as such views continued in American popular culture, they were also transformed by the violence at Wounded Knee. He tells how Indians came to represent themselves in Wild West shows and Hollywood films and also examines sports, music, and even Indian people's use of the automobile, an ironic counterpoint to today's highways teeming with Dakota pick-ups and Cherokee sport utility vehicles.
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