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Nationalisms and Identities among Indigenous Peoples

Case Studies from North America


Edited By Martina Neuburger and H. Peter Dörrenbächer

This book investigates nationalisms and the emergence of national identities among the Indigenous peoples across North America. It examines the many difficulties which the Native communities have had to face in order to assert themselves as nations, as well as looking at the ambiguity of the term 'nation' within First Nations-government relations. The volume gives a broad perspective on the historical development of Native American nationalism and also explores a variety of political, educational, sociological, cultural and even literary viewpoints. The experiences of the Indigenous peoples are compared with the experiences of other Aboriginal groups across the globe, in order to enrich our understanding of global indigenous nationalisms.
The contributors to this volume represent the perspectives of a variety of different First Nations and a wide range of disciplinary fields, from history, anthropology and political science to communications, law, linguistics and literary studies.
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The Native American Hip-Hop Nation: A Nationalist Movement for Sovereignty


Whether it be the resistance against Indian mascots in our schools and sports teams, or the resistance against depictions of Native Americans on food products (e.g, Land O’Lakes butter), or the resistance to depicting Indians as the ‘bad guys’ in games of ‘cowboys and Indians’ or resistance against the depiction of Native Americans as ‘noble savages’ in Hollywood films (e.g., Dances With Wolves), or the efforts to increase media depictions of ‘modern’ Indians rather than the saturated norm of the ‘historical Indian’ in the past, or attempts to complicate popular stereotypes of Native Americans as ‘wise elders’, ‘aggressive drunks’, ‘Indian princesses’, ‘loyal sidekicks’ and ‘obese’, or the problematic characterizations of Native Americans as primitive, criminal, violent, deceptive, savage, intellectually lacking or full of childlike obedience: it seems as though American Indians have continually struggled to control the depictions of Native American identity in popular culture.

The struggle to control the depictions of cultural identity should not come as a surprise – they are the product of colonization itself. Without a colonizer, there would not be another culture to appropriate cultural symbols to be contested. The portrayal of a colonized cultural subject identity is part of the business of a colonizer and contributes to the masking of an independent identity within the context of the new colonial identity. For example, Fanon (1994) documented how his numerous efforts to locate his self and his body in the French world, in literature, in history and even among many of his...

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