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To Be Indian: The Life of Iroquois-Seneca Arthur Caswell Parker

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Born on the Seneca Indian Reservation in New York State, Arthur Caswell Parker (1881-1955) was a prominent intellectual leader both within and outside tribal circles. Of mixed Iroquois, Seneca, and Anglican descent, Parker was also a controversial figure-recognized as an advocate for Indians but criticized for his assimilationist stance. In this exhaustively researched biography-the first book-length examination of Parkers life and career-Joy Porter explores complex issues of Indian identity that are as relevant today as in Parkers time.

From childhood on, Parker learned from his well-connected family how to straddle both Indian and white worlds. His great-uncle, Ely S. Parker, was Commissioner of Indian Affairs under Ulysses S. Grant--the first American Indian to hold the position. Influenced by family role models and a strong formal education, Parker, who became director of the Rochester Museum, was best known for his work as a "museologist" (a word he coined).

Porter shows that although Parker achieved success within the dominant Euro-American culture, he was never entirely at ease with his role as assimilated Indian and voiced frustration at having "to play Indian to be Indian." In expressing this frustration, Parker articulated a challenging predicament for twentieth-century Indians: the need to negotiate imposed stereotypes, to find ways to transcend those stereotypes, and to assert an identity rooted in the present rather than in the past.

 

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Joy Porter is Senior Lecturer in American history at Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806133171
Foreword:
Fenton, William N.
Author:
Fenton, William N.
Foreword by:
Fenton, William N.
Foreword:
Fenton, William N.
Author:
Porter, Joy
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman, OK
Subject:
General
Subject:
Iroquois indians
Subject:
Anthropologists
Subject:
Seneca Indians
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Anthropologists -- United States.
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Biography-Native Americans
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
57
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 bandw illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in 1.54 lb

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