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9780803225329

Embracing Fry Bread: Confessions of a Wannabe

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  • ISBN13:

    9780803225329

  • ISBN10:

    0803225326

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Summary

When he was out playing Indian, enacting Hollywood-inspired scenarios, it never occurred to the child Roger Welsch that the little girl sitting next to him in school was Indian. A lifetime of learning later, Welsch's enthusiasm is undimmed, if somewhat more enlightened. In Embracing Fry BreadWelsch tells the story of his lifelong relationship with Native American culture, which, beginning in earnest with the study of linguistic practices of the Omaha tribe during a college anthropology course, resulted in his becoming an adopted member and kin of both the Omaha and the Pawnee tribes. With requisite humility and a healthy dose of humor, Welsch describes his long pilgrimage through Native life, from lessons in the vagaries of "Indian time" and the difficulties of reservation life, to the joy of being allowed to participate in special ceremonies and developing a deep and lasting love of fry bread. Navigating another culture is a complicated task, and Welsch shares his mistakes and successes with engaging candor. Through his serendipitous wanderings, he finds that the more he learns about Native culture the more he learns about himself-and about a way of life whose allure offers true insight into indigenous America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
First, a Storyp. 1
Introductionp. 6
A Beginningp. 16
Beyond the Handgamep. 19
History, Long and Shortp. 25
Who Are We?p. 28
The Call of Curiosity, Keep the Changep. 30
Enter the Wannabesp. 35
What's in a Namep. 39
Who Is "The Indian"?p. 43
Who Is the Wannabe?p. 47
The Contrary Lesson of the Prime Directivep. 54
First Stepsp. 56
The Fix Is Outp. 59
Indian Wannabesp. 63
Gottabesp. 66
Becoming Newp. 74
How It Goes, How It Wentp. 75
The Plot Thickensp. 78
Why?p. 81
Gottabes Againp. 83
The Ways of Foodwaysp. 86
Carnivores Forever.p. 92
Another Worldp. 95
The Consequences of Incuriosityp. 99
Symbols and Realitiesp. 103
Indian Humorp. 105
Names and Namingp. 114
The Crazy Horse Surrender Ledger of 1877p. 117
Names … and Namesp. 119
Matters of Faithp. 121
Deduction/Inductionp. 123
What Is Indian Religion?p. 128
The Sun Dancep. 131
The Native Churchp. 135
Inside Native Religionp. 142
Knowing What We Don't Knowp. 145
What History Teaches Usp. 147
The Empty Frontierp. 157
Indians Todayp. 162
Indians as Americansp. 166
The Landp. 173
The Real Wonder of Itp. 178
Eloquencep. 180
From Presumed Inferiority to Rampant Egalitarianismp. 184
Timep. 187
Property and Giftsp. 191
The Gift of Givingp. 194
The Fabric of Sharingp. 197
The Spirit of Givingp. 200
Squaring the Circlep. 205
So, How Different Are We?p. 213
What We Seep. 218
Indians and Deeper Truthsp. 220
Conclusionsp. 227
Repositories of Wisdomp. 233
What's in It for Indians?p. 240
So You Wannabe a Wannabe?p. 243
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