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Against Culture : Development, Politics, and Religion in Indian Alaska (01 Edition)

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In a small Tlingit village in 1992, newly converted members of an all-native church started a bonfire of "non-Christian" items including, reportedly, native dancing regalia. The burnings recalled an earlier century in which church converts in the same village burned totem poles, and stirred long simmering tensions between native dance groups and fundamentalist Christian churches throughout the region. This book traces the years leading up to the most recent burnings and reveals the multiple strands of social tension defining Tlingit and Haida life in Southeast Alaska today.
 
Author Kirk Dombrowksi roots these tensions in a history of misunderstanding and exploitation of native life, including, most recently, the consequences of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. He traces the results of economic upheaval, changes in dependence on timber and commercial fishing, and differences over the meaning of contemporary native culture that lie beneath current struggles. His cogent, highly readable analysis shows how these local disputes reflect broader problems of negotiating culture and Native American identity today. Revealing in its ethnographic details, arresting in its interpretive insights, Against Culture raises important practical and theoretical implications for the understanding of indigenous cultural and political processes.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-244) and index.

About the Author

Kirk Dombrowski is an assistant professor of anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803266322
Subtitle:
Development, Politics, and Religion in Indian Alaska
Introduction:
Sider, Gerald
Author:
Dombrowski, Kirk
Author:
Sider, Gerald
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Missions
Subject:
Tlingit Indians
Subject:
Haida Indians
Subject:
Fundamentalist churches.
Subject:
Haida
Subject:
Tlingit
Subject:
Panhandle
Subject:
Alaska Panhandle
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Fondamentalistes
Subject:
Tlingit Indians -- Economic conditions.
Subject:
Tlingit Indians -- Ethnic identity.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Fourth world rising
Series Volume:
SB-116
Publication Date:
20010901
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus., map
Pages:
247
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.69 lb

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