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 centres. 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.
Pauline Turner Strong is an associate professor of anthropology and gender studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also directs the Humanities Institute. She is the author of Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics of Colonial American Captivity Narratives and the coeditor of New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, and Representations.
List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Part One Introduction 1 1 The Ethnography of Representational Practices 4 Part Two Representing History and Identity 17 2 Tribe and Nation 20 3 Five Hundred Years 34 4 Indian Blood 54 Part Three Captivity, Adoption, and the American Imaginary 67 5 Captivity in White and Red 71 6 The Contemporary Captivity Narrative 102 7 On Captivity as Digital Spectacle 118 Part Four Playing Indian 125 8 Crafting American Selves 127 9 Animated Indians 142 10 The Mascot Slot 155 Part Five Indigenous Imaginaries 163 11 Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and Ethnographic Representation 167 12 A Native Space on the National Mall 178 Epilogue 186 References 187 Print Publications and Manuscripts (Including Online Texts) 187 Multimedia Sources (Films, Videos, Scores, CD-ROMs, Podcasts) 222 Legislation and Court Cases 223 Sources and Credits 224 Index 226 About the Author 233