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Corbett Mack : the Life of a Northern Paiute (96 Edition)

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This is the compelling yet disturbing story of Corbett Mack (1892-1974), an opiate addict who was a member of the Nuumuu (Numa), or Northern Paiute. The Northern Paiute are best known as the people who produced Wovoka, the Ghost Dance prophet whose revitalistic teachings swept the Indian world in the 1890s. Mack is from the generation following the collapse of the Ghost Dance religion, a generation of Nomogweta or “half-breeds” (also called “stolen children”)—Paiute of mixed ancestry who were raised in an increasingly bicultural world and who fell into virtual peonage to white (often Italian) potato farmers.

Around the turn of the century, the use of opium became widespread among the Paiute, adopted from equally victimized Chinese laborers with whom they worked closely in the fields. The story of Corbett Mack is an uncompromising account of a harsh and sometimes traumatic life that was typical of an entire generation of Paiute. It was a life born out of the turmoil and humiliation of an Indian boarding school, troubled by opiate addiction, bound to constant labor in the fields, yet nonetheless made meaningful through the perseverance of Paiute cultural traditions.

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This is the compelling yet disturbing story of Corbett Mack (1892-1974), an opiate addict who was a member of the Nuumuu (Numa), or Northern Paiute. The Northern Paiute are best known as the people who produced Wovoka, the Ghost Dance prophet whose revitalistic teachings swept the Indian world in the 1890s.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-383) and index.

About the Author

Michael Hittman is chairman of the Anthropology and Sociology Department and a professor at Long Island University, Brooklyn. He is the author of Wovoka and the Ghost Dance: A Sourcebook and A Numa History: The Yerington Paiute Tribe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803272903
Subtitle:
The Life of a Northern Paiute
Author:
Hittman, Michael
Author:
el Hittman
Author:
Micha
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Location:
Lincoln :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - Native Americans
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Mack, Corbett
Subject:
Mason Valley (Nev.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Northern Paiute Indians
Subject:
Smith Creek Valley
Subject:
Mason Valley
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Northern Paiute Indians -- Biography.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians (Paperback)
Series Volume:
16-17
Publication Date:
19961028
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illus., maps
Pages:
396
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.38 pd

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"Synopsis" by , This is the compelling yet disturbing story of Corbett Mack (1892-1974), an opiate addict who was a member of the Nuumuu (Numa), or Northern Paiute. The Northern Paiute are best known as the people who produced Wovoka, the Ghost Dance prophet whose revitalistic teachings swept the Indian world in the 1890s.
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