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Fantasies of the Master Race: Literature, Cinema, and the Colonization of American Indians

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Chosen an “Outstanding Book on the Subject of Human Rights in the United States” by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights.

In this volume of incisive essays, Ward Churchill looks at representations of American Indians in literature and film, delineating a history of cultural propaganda that has served to support the continued colonization of Native America.

During each phase of the genocide of American Indians, the media has played a critical role in creating easily digestible stereotypes of Indians for popular consumption. Literature about Indians was first written and published in order to provoke and sanctify warfare against them. Later, the focus changed to enlisting public support for “civilizing the savages,” stripping them of their culture and assimilating them into the dominant society. Now, in the final stages of cultural genocide, it is the appropriation and stereotyping of Native culture that establishes control over knowledge and truth.

The primary means by which this is accomplished is through the powerful publishing and film industries. Whether they are the tragically doomed “noble savages” walking into the sunset of Dances With Wolves or Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan, the exotic mythical Indians constitute no threat to the established order.

Literature and art crafted by the dominant culture are an insidious political force, disinforming people who might otherwise develop a clearer understanding of indigenous struggles for justice and freedom. This book is offered to counter that deception, and to move people to take action on issues confronting American Indians today.

Book News Annotation:

A revised and expanded collection of Churchill's essays first released in 1992, dealing with the representations of American Indians in literature and film. A sample of essay topics: Carlos Castaneda--the greatest hoax since Piltdown man; colonialism and the expropriation of indigenous spiritual tradition in contemporary academia; a critique of James A. Clifton's The Invented Indian; and the role of detective fiction in Indian country ("Hi-ho Hillerman...."). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The reworking of fact into expedient fantasies is a well-known historical process. In this volume of incisive essays, Ward Churchill examines the cultural propaganda that has served to support the continued colonization of Native America.

Synopsis:

Cultural Studies/ Native American Studies. In this volume of incisive essays, Ward Churchill looks at representations of American Indians in literature and film, delineating a history of cultural propaganda that has served to support the continued colonization of Native America. The primary means by which this is accomplished, Churchill argues, is through the powerful publishing and film industries. Whether they are the tragically doomed noble savages walking into the sunset of Dances With Wolves or Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan, the exotic and quaint dispenser of native wisdom to non-natives, these mythical Indians constitute no threat to the established order. This book is offered to counter these forces and to move people to take action on issues confronting American Indians today. One of the most outspoken of current Native American activists, Churchill... is an amazingly consistent and perceptive writer-Publishers Weekly.

Synopsis:

Literature and art crafted by the dominant culture are an insidious political force, disinforming people who might otherwise develop a clearer understanding of indigenous struggles for justice and freedom. This book is offered to counter that deception, and to move people to take action on issues confronting American Indians today.

About the Author

Ward Churchill has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues. He is a Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a leading member of AIM, and the author of numerous books, including A Little Matter of Genocide, Struggle for the Land, and Fantasies of the Master Race.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872863484
Author:
Churchill, Ward
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Indians in literature
Subject:
Indians in motion pictures
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Public opinion.
Subject:
Racism -- United States.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
261
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 x 0.6 in 13 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The reworking of fact into expedient fantasies is a well-known historical process. In this volume of incisive essays, Ward Churchill examines the cultural propaganda that has served to support the continued colonization of Native America.
"Synopsis" by , Cultural Studies/ Native American Studies. In this volume of incisive essays, Ward Churchill looks at representations of American Indians in literature and film, delineating a history of cultural propaganda that has served to support the continued colonization of Native America. The primary means by which this is accomplished, Churchill argues, is through the powerful publishing and film industries. Whether they are the tragically doomed noble savages walking into the sunset of Dances With Wolves or Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan, the exotic and quaint dispenser of native wisdom to non-natives, these mythical Indians constitute no threat to the established order. This book is offered to counter these forces and to move people to take action on issues confronting American Indians today. One of the most outspoken of current Native American activists, Churchill... is an amazingly consistent and perceptive writer-Publishers Weekly.
"Synopsis" by , Literature and art crafted by the dominant culture are an insidious political force, disinforming people who might otherwise develop a clearer understanding of indigenous struggles for justice and freedom. This book is offered to counter that deception, and to move people to take action on issues confronting American Indians today.
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