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New Indians, Old Wars

 
 
 
 
New Indians, Old Wars
Author: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
ISBN 13: 9780252031663
ISBN 10: 252031660
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 2007-05-14
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 248
List Price: $40.00
 
 

 Challenging received American history and forging a new path for Native American studies

Addressing Native American Studies' past, present, and future, the essays in New Indians, Old Wars tackle the discipline head-on, presenting a radical revision of the popular view of the American West in the process. Instead of luxuriating in its past glories or accepting the widespread historians' view of the West as a shared place, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn argues that it should be fundamentally understood as stolen.

Firmly grounded in the reality of a painful past, Cook-Lynn understands the story of the American West as teaching the political language of land theft and tyranny. She argues that to remedy this situation, Native American studies must be considered and pursued as its own discipline, rather than as a subset of history or anthropology. She makes an impassioned claim that such a shift, not merely an institutional or theoretical change, could allow Native American studies to play an important role in defending the sovereignty of indigenous nations today.