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Playing Indian (Yale Historical Publications Series)

Playing Indian (Yale Historical Publications Series)
Author: Philip J. Deloria
ISBN 13: 9780300080674
ISBN 10: 300080670
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1999-09-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 262
List Price: $23.00

The Boston Tea Party, the Order of Red Men, Camp Fire Girls, Boy Scouts, Grateful Dead concerts are just a few examples of the American tendency to appropriate Indian dress and act out Indian roles. This provocative book explores how white Americans have used their ideas about Indians to shape national identity in different eras - and how Indian people have reacted to these imitations of their native dress, language, and ritual. Deloria points out that throughout American history the creative uses of Indianness have been interwoven with conquest and dispossession of the Indians. Indian play has thus been fraught with ambivalence - for white Americans who idealized and villainized the Indian, and for Indians who were both humiliated and empowered by these cultural exercises.

Michael Kenney

[A] convincing study....Deloria builds his case with caution and precision, careful to avoid sweeping claims. -- The Boston Globe