Fighting Colonialism with Hegemonic Culture

SKU: 9781438445922

Maureen Trudelle Schwarz
Grade Levels:
College, University
Cherokee, Cheyenne, Comanche, Lakota, Multiple Nations, Sioux
Book Type:
SUNY Press
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Fighting Colonialism with Hegemonic Culture: Native American Appropriation of Indian Stereotypes explores how American Indian businesses and organizations are taking on images that were designed to oppress them. American Indians have recently taken on a new relationship with the hegemonic culture designed to oppress them. Rather than protesting it, they are earmarking images from it and using them for their own ends. This provocative book adds an interesting twist and nuance to our understanding of the five-hundred year interchange between American Indians and others. A host of examples of how American Indians use the so-called “White Man’s Indian” reveal the key images and issues selected most frequently by the representatives of Native organizations or Native-owned businesses in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries to appropriate Indianness. The author begins her examination with AIM (American Indian Movement) and moves on to identity politics, spirituality, health and healing, foods, environment, and land. Examples include bottled water, country songs, ecological Indian, war veterans, clothing, footwear, and national landmarks. Maureen Trudelle Schwarz is Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University.

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