Notes from a Miner's Canary : Essays on the State of Native America

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-30
  • Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr

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The title of this lively collection of Jace Weaver's essays comes from Felix Cohen, the great authority on American Indian law: The Indian plays much the same role in our American society that the Jews played in Germany. Like the miner's canary, the Indian marks the shift from fresh air to poisonous gas in our political atmosphere; and our treatment of Indians, even more than our treatment of other minorities, marks the rise and fall of our democratic faith. But the book goes far beyond the subject of law. The wide range of cultural references shows why the author is considered a leader in the field of Native American Studies. Beginning with a survey of the state of Native American Studies and ending with an assessment of literary theory, he also tackles environmentalism and environmental justice, NAGPRA, war tribunals, pilgrimage and migration, ethnography, food, architecture, ghost stories, identity, theory, and a few other lively subjects, including a splendid tribute to the towering significance of N. Scott Momaday.

Author Biography

Jace Weaver is Franklin Professor of Native American Studies and director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia. Among his earlier books is American Indian Literary Nationalism, coauthored with Craig Womack and Robert Warrior and also available from UNM Press. It has been called "a must-read for anyone interested in Native American literature and criticism, as well as for those who value the connection between literary production and community life" (Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
More Light than Heat: The Current State of Native American Studiesp. 1
Notes from a Miner's Canary: Natives and Environmental Justicep. 23
Hope Is a Thing with Feathers: Indian as Iconp. 53
The American Indian Land Case: Choctaw Nation v. Cherokee Nationp. 69
NAGPRA and the Return of the Repressedp. 77
Turtle Goes to War: Of Military Commissions, the Constitution, and American Indian Memoryp. 95
Pilgrimage Trails and Migration Traditions: Foregrounds and Backgrounds to the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2p. 217
Of Trembling Gods and Moon-Eyed People: Ruminations on the Limits of Ethnographyp. 247
Telectroscopy: Searching for the Ancestral Puebloansp. 275
When the Demons Come: (Retro) Spectacle among the Savagesp. 297
A Lantern to See By: Survivance and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Oklahomap. 313
The Adamant of Time: Native American Land, Architecture, and Ethicsp. 333
...But I'll Give You My Chili Recipep. 353
Blackface, Redface, and the Yellow Perilp. 359
The Mystery of Language: N. Scott Momaday, an Appreciationp. 375
Empires, No Matter How Gained: Unmasking the Barbarism with a Human Facep. 385
Not Bereft: A Story of Cherokee Survivancep. 393
Notesp. 407
Indexp. 439
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