Native Historians Write Back: Decolonizing American Indian History

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  • Copyright: 2011-10-15
  • Publisher: Texas Tech Univ Pr
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No matter what you know about Lewis and Clark, the Hopi Snake Dance, the occupation of Wounded Knee village, or the Seminole Freedmen claim, you have never before seen those and myriad other historic episodes from these perspectives. In this first-of-its-kind anthology, American Indian scholars examine crucial events in their own nations' histories. On the one hand, these writers represent diverse tribal perspectives. On the other, they share a unifying point of view grounded in ancestral wisdom: the Cosmos is a live being, Earth is our Mother, the North American tribes are engaged in national liberation struggles, and Indigenous realities are as viable as any other. Fanciful? Read this book and see whether you still think so.

Author Biography

Susan A. Miller and James Riding In have put together a superb reader on this historical process as applied to Native North Americans. Every student of Native American Studies as well as world and American historiography should have this book in his or her library.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Editors' Note on Variant Spellingsp. xi
Introductionp. l
Challenging Colonial Thought
Native America Writes Back: The Origin of the Indigenous Paradigm in Historiographyp. 9
Native Historians Write Back: The Indigenous Paradigm in American Indian Historiographyp. 25
The Lewis and Clark Story, the Captive Narrative, and the Pitfalls of Indian Historyp. 41
Hopi Culture and a Matter of Representationp. 52
Affirming Indigenous Historical Narrative
The United States Has No Jurisdiction in Sioux Territoryp. 71
Wahtohtana hda Ny&uuacute;t^achi Mahín Xnje Akpa: The Year the Otoe and Missouria Meet the Americansp. 78
Calling Badger and the Symbols of the Spirit Language: The Cree Origins of the Syllabic Systemp. 89
Looking after Gdoo-naaganinaa: Precolonial Nishnaabeg Diplomatic and Treaty Relationshipsp. 93
Asserting the History of Dispossession
Removing the Heart of the Choctaw People: Indian Removal from a Native Perspectivep. 105
Decolonizing the 1862 Death Marchesp. 117
The United States v. Yellow Sun et al. (the Pawnee People) A Case Study of Institutional and Societal Racism and U.S. Justice in Nebraska from the 1850s to the 1870sp. 139
The Ruby Valley Indian Reservation of Northeastern Nevada: "Six Miles Square"p. 162
Examining Issues in Light of History
Chairmen, Presidents, and Princesses: The Navajo Nation, Gender, and the Politics of Traditionp. 175
Seminoles and Africans under Seminole Law: Sources and Discourses of Tribal Sovereignty and "Black Indian" Entitlementp. 187
Countering Colonization: The Albuquerque Laguna Colonyp. 207
Six Pawnee Crania: Historical and Contemporary Issues Associated with the Massacre and Decapitation of Pawnee Indians in 1869p. 221
Notesp. 233
Contributorsp. 269
Indexp. 273
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