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Place and Native American Indian History and Culture


Joy Porter

In this volume prominent scholars from across the United States and Europe examine the central significance of place within Native American history and life. They shed new light on this foundational concept within Native American Studies at a time when the idea of place is under fundamental reassessment across disciplines. The studies focus on understanding the American self within each of the varied landscapes of the United States and on recognising the true «place» of American Indian peoples within American history. The contributions to this volume are selected from the conference on «Place and Native American Indian History, Literature and Culture» held on 29-31 March 2006 at the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K. Over one hundred and twenty delegates from across the globe congregated, including the largest gathering of Native American intellectuals yet seen in Europe.
Contents: Alan Trachtenberg: Foreword – Joy Porter: Introduction – David J. Murray: Knowing Our Place in Native American Studies – Shamoon Zamir: Living Among the Dead: Richard Throssel and the Picturing of History at Little Bighorn – Troy Johnson: American Indians, Manifest Destiny and Indian Activism: A Cosmology of Sense of Place – James Hamill/John Cinnamon: This Strange Journey: Stories of Trails of Tears from Indian Families in Eastern Oklahoma – Rob Taylor: The Schwemberger Photographs – Aleta M. Ringlero: Simeon Schwemberger: Observations of ‘Big Eyes’ – Deborah L. Madsen: Walking the Walk/Talking the Talk: On Survivance, Spatial Narrative and the National Museum of the American Indian – Nancy J. Parezo: To Live Within Dinétah: Navajo Sandpainters and Their Quest for Place – Claudia Haake: No Place for the Delawares?: Removal and Loss of Federal Recognition – Bruce E. Johansen: A Sense of Place in Contemporary Native American Political Humour – Katarina Altshul: Sign Language: Native American Stories in National Parks of the American Southwest – Dawn Marsh Riggs: She Considered Herself Queen of the Whole Neighbourhood: Hannah Freeman, Lenape Sovereignty and Penn’s Peaceable Kingdom – Max Carocci: Living in an Urban Rez: Constructing San Francisco as Indian Land – Jacqueline Fear-Segal: Dispossessing the Dead Indian: The Spatial and Racial Politics of Burial – Sandra Busatta: Landscapes and Skyscapes in Contest – Susanne Berthier-Foglar: Saving Sacred Mountains: The Example of the San Francisco Peaks – Gabriella Treglia: A Very ‘Indian’ Future? The Place of Native Cultures and Communities in BIA and Native Thought in the New Deal Era.