Synopses & Reviews
Amid controversies surrounding the team mascot and brand of the Washington Redskins in the National Football League and the use of mascots by Kandndash;12 schools, Americans demonstrate an expanding sensitivity to the pejorative use of references to Native Americans by sports organizations at all levels. In Indian Spectacle, Jennifer Guiliano exposes the anxiety of American middle-class masculinity in relation to the growing commercialization of collegiate sports and the indiscriminate use of Indian identity as mascots.and#160;Indian Spectacle explores the ways in which white, middle-class Americans have consumed narratives of masculinity, race, and collegiate athletics through the lens of Indian-themed athletic identities, mascots, and music. Drawing on a cross-section of American institutions of higher education, Guiliano investigates the role of sports mascots in the big business of twentieth-century American college football in order to connect mascotry to expressions of community identity, individual belonging, stereotyped imagery, and cultural hegemony. and#160;and#160;Against a backdrop of the current level of the commercialization of collegiate sportsandmdash;where the collective revenue of the fifteen highest grossing teams in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has well surpassed one billion dollarsandmdash;Guiliano recounts the history of the creation and spread of mascots and university identities as something bound up in the spectacle of halftime performance, the growth of collegiate competition, the influence of mass media, and how athletes, coaches, band members, spectators, university alumni, faculty, and administrators, artists, writers, and members of local communities all have contributed to the dissemination of ideas of Indianness that is rarely rooted in native peopleandrsquo;s actual lives.and#160;and#160;
In Indian Voices, Alison Owings takes readers on a fresh journey across America, east to west, north to south, and around again. Owings's most recent oral history—engagingly written in a style that entertains and informs—documents what Native Americans say about themselves, their daily lives, and the world around them.
Young and old from many tribal nations speak with candor, insight, and (unknown to many non-Natives) humor about what it is like to be a Native American in the twenty-first century. Through intimate interviews many also express their thoughts about the sometimes staggeringly ignorant, if often well-meaning, non-Natives they encounter—some who do not realize Native Americans still exist, much less that they speak English, have cell phones, use the Internet, and might attend powwows and power lunches.
Indian Voices, an inspiring and important contribution to the literature about the original Americans, will make every reader rethink the past—and present—of the United States.
Indian Spectacle explores the ways in which white, middle-class Americans have consumed narratives of masculinity, race, and collegiate athletics through the lens of Indian-themed athletic identities, mascots, and music. Drawing on a cross-section of American institutions of higher education, Guiliano investigates the role of sports mascots in the big business of twentieth-century American college football in order to connect mascotry to expressions of community identity, individual belonging, stereotyped imagery, and cultural hegemony. and#160;
About the Author
ALISON OWINGS is the author of Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (Rutgers University Press) and Hey, Waitress!: The USA from the Other Side of the Tray.
Table of Contents
1 A Man of the Dawn: Darrell Newell (passamaquoddy)
2 "Indians 101": Elizabeth Lohah Homer (Osage)
3 A Trio of Lumbees: Pamela Brooks Sweeny, Curt Locklear, and Mary Ann Cummings Jacobs
4 Elders of the Haudenosaunee: Darwin Hill (Towanda Seneca) and Geraldine Green (Cattaraugus Seneca)
5 City Kid: Ansel Deon (Lakota/Navajo)
6 The Drum Keeper: Rosemary Berens (Ojibwe)
7 "How's everybody doing tonight?": Marcus Frejo, aka Quese IMC (Pawnee/Seminole)
8 Tales from Pine Ridge: Karen Artichoker, with Heath Ducheneaux and Dwanna Oldson (Lakota)
9 "Get over it!" and Other Suggestions: Patty Talahongva (Hopi)
10 The Former President: Claudia Vigil-Muniz (Jicarilla Apache)
11 Practicing Medicine: Harrison Baheshone (Navajo)
12 The Kin of Sacajawea: Emma George and Summer Morning Baldwin (Lehmi Shoshone)
13 Indian Humor: Carol Craig (Yakama)
14 Powwow Power: Yom Phillips (Kiowa)
15 Relearning for Life: Henry Frank (Yurok)
16 Eskimo Ice Cream: Christine Guy (Yup'ik)
17 Aloha from Hawai'i: Charles Ka'upu Jr.