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A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians

A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians

Thomas Biolsi (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-18288-1

Mar 2008

592 pages

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$66.95

Description

This Companion is comprised of 27 original contributions by leading scholars in the field and summarizes the state of anthropological knowledge of Indian peoples, as well as the history that got us to this point.
  • Surveys the full range of American Indian anthropology: from ecological and political-economic questions to topics concerning religion, language, and expressive culture
  • Each chapter provides definitive coverage of its topic, as well as situating ethnographic and ethnohistorical data into larger frameworks
  • Explores anthropology’s contribution to knowledge, its historic and ongoing complicities with colonialism, and its political and ethical obligations toward the people 'studied'

Synopsis of Contents x

Notes on Contributors xviii

Introduction: What is the ‘‘Anthropology’’ of ‘‘American Indians’’? 1
Thomas Biolsi

Part I: Environments and Populations 5

1 Political and Historical Ecologies 7
Kenneth M. Ames

2 Historical Demography 24
Russell Thornton

Part II: Political, Social, and Economic Organization 49

3 Women and Men 51
Martha C. Knack

4 Politics 69
Loretta Fowler

5 Tribal or Native Law 95
Bruce Granville Miller

6 Culture and Reservation Economies 112
Kathleen Pickering

Part III: Knowledge and Expressive Culture 131

7 Knowledge Systems 133
Eugene S. Hunn

8 Oral Traditions 154
Rodney Frey

9 Religion 171
Raymond Bucko

10 Music 196
Luke Eric Lassiter

11 Art 212
Rebecca J. Dobkins

Part IV: Colonialism, Native Sovereignty, Law, and Policy 229

12 Political and Legal Status (‘‘Lower 48’’ States) 231
Thomas Biolsi

13 Political and Legal Status of Alaska Natives 248
Caroline L. Brown

14 Federal Indian Policy and Anthropology 268
George Pierre Castile

15 Contemporary Globalization and Tribal Sovereignty 284
Randel D. Hanson

16 Treaty Rights 304
Larry Nesper

17 Education 321
Alice Littlefield

Part V: Cultural Politics and the Colonial Situation 339

18 Representational Practices 341
Pauline Turner Strong

19 The Politics of Native Culture 360
Kirk Dombrowski

20 Cultural Appropriation 383
Tressa Berman

21 Community Healing and Cultural Citizenship 398
Renya K. Ramirez

22 Native Hawaiians 412
Cari Costanzo Kapur

Part VI: Anthropological Method and Postcolonial Practice 433

23 Ethnography 435
Peter Whiteley

24 Beyond ‘‘Applied’’ Anthropology 472
Les W. Field

25 Language 490
James Collins

26 Visual Anthropology 506
Harald E. L. Prins

27 Archaeology 526
Larry J. Zimmerman

Index 542

""Highly recommended.""
Choice

""Biolsi has produced a rich and comprehensive overview of the field by drawing on senior figures and younger scholars, academics and public intellectuals, and Native and non-Native voices. This volume is required reading for anyone wishing to enter, revisit, or advance the practice of Native American anthropology.""
Philip Deloria, University of Michigan

""This invaluable volume offers the perspectives of individuals whose intellectual, social, emotional, and pragmatic commitment to better understanding our world have earned the respect and attention of Native and non-Native audiences.""
Tsianina Lomawaima, University of Arizona

""This is a sterling compilation, expertly edited, that interrogates the dynamic and often contentious relationship between indigenous peoples and anthropologists.""
David Wilkins, University of Minnesota


  • Surveys the full range of American Indian anthropology: from ecological and political-economic questions to topics concerning religion, language, and expressive culture
  • Each chapter provides definitive coverage of its topic, as well as situating ethnographic and ethnohistorical data into larger frameworks
  • Explores anthropology’s contribution to knowledge, its historic and ongoing complicities with colonialism, and its political and ethical obligations toward the people 'studied'