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Despite the passage of time, our vision of Native Americans remains locked up within powerful stereotypes. That's why some images of Indians can be so unexpected and disorienting: What is Geronimo doing sitting in a Cadillac? Why is an Indian woman in beaded buckskin sitting under a salon hairdryer? Such images startle and challenge our outdated visions, even as the latter continue to dominate relations between Native and non-Native Americans.

Philip Deloria explores this cultural discordance to show how stereotypes and Indian experiences have competed for ascendancy in the wake of the military conquest of Native America and the nation's subsequent embrace of Native "authenticity." Rewriting the story of the national encounter with modernity, Deloria provides revealing accounts of Indians doing unexpected things-singing opera, driving cars, acting in Hollywood—in ways that suggest new directions for American Indian history.

Focusing on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a time when, according to most standard American narratives, Indian people almost dropped out of history itself—Deloria argues that a great many Indians engaged the very same forces of modernization that were leading non-Indians to reevaluate their own understandings of themselves and their society. He examines longstanding stereotypes of Indians as invariably violent, suggesting that even as such views continued in American popular culture, they were also transformed by the violence at Wounded Knee. He tells how Indians came to represent themselves in Wild West shows and Hollywood films and also examines sports, music, and even Indian people's use of the automobile—an ironic counterpoint to today's highways teeming with Dakota pick-ups and Cherokee sport utility vehicles.

Throughout, Deloria shows us anomalies that resist pigeonholing and force us to rethink familiar expectations. Whether considering the Hollywood films of James Young Deer or the Hall of Fame baseball career of pitcher Charles Albert Bender, he persuasively demonstrates that a significant number of Indian people engaged in modernity—and helped shape its anxieties and its textures—at the very moment they were being defined as "primitive."

These "secret histories," Deloria suggests, compel us to reconsider our own current expectations about what Indian people should be, how they should act, and even what they should look like. More important, he shows how such seemingly harmless (even if unconscious) expectations contribute to the racism and injustice that still haunt the experience of many Native American people today.

Synopsis:

What is Geronimo doing sitting in a Cadillac? Why is an Indian woman is beaded buckskin sitting under a salon hairdryer? Such images startle and challenge our outdated visions of Native America. Philip Deloria's revealing accounts of Indians doing unexpected things--singing opera, driving cars, acting in Hollywood--explores this cultural discordance in ways that suggest new directions for American Indian history. Deloria chronicles how Indiana cane to represent themselves in Wild West shows, Hollywood films, sports, music, and even Indian people's use of the automobile--an ironic counterpoint to today's highways teeming with Dakota pickups and Cherokee sport utility vehicles. He also examines longstanding stereotypes of Indians as invariably violent, suggesting that, even as such views continued in American popular culture, they were also transformed by the violence at Wounded Knee. Throughout, Deloria reveals previously hidden narratives that force us to rethink familiar expectations. These "secret histories," Deloria suggests, compel us to reconsider our own current expectations about what Indian people should be, how they should act, and even what they should look like. More important, he shows how such seemingly harmless (even if unconscious) expectations contribute to the racism and injustice that still haunt the experience of many Native American people today.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Expectation and Anomaly

Violence

The Killings at Lightning Creek

Representation

Indian Wars, the Movie

Athletics

"I Am of the Body": My Grandfather, Culture, and Sports

Technology

"I Want to Ride in Geronimo's Cadillac"

Music

The Hills are Alive . . . with the Sound of Indian

Conclusion

The Secret History of Indian Modernity

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700614592
Author:
Deloria, Philip J.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Cultureamerica
Publication Date:
20041018
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.16x5.90x.95 in. 1.00 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , What is Geronimo doing sitting in a Cadillac? Why is an Indian woman is beaded buckskin sitting under a salon hairdryer? Such images startle and challenge our outdated visions of Native America. Philip Deloria's revealing accounts of Indians doing unexpected things--singing opera, driving cars, acting in Hollywood--explores this cultural discordance in ways that suggest new directions for American Indian history. Deloria chronicles how Indiana cane to represent themselves in Wild West shows, Hollywood films, sports, music, and even Indian people's use of the automobile--an ironic counterpoint to today's highways teeming with Dakota pickups and Cherokee sport utility vehicles. He also examines longstanding stereotypes of Indians as invariably violent, suggesting that, even as such views continued in American popular culture, they were also transformed by the violence at Wounded Knee. Throughout, Deloria reveals previously hidden narratives that force us to rethink familiar expectations. These "secret histories," Deloria suggests, compel us to reconsider our own current expectations about what Indian people should be, how they should act, and even what they should look like. More important, he shows how such seemingly harmless (even if unconscious) expectations contribute to the racism and injustice that still haunt the experience of many Native American people today.
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