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Indians in Unexpected Places (Culture America) Paperback – October 18, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0700614592 ISBN-10: 0700614591

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  • Series: Culture America
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (October 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700614591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700614592
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Historian Deloria argues that the concept of the Native American remains frozen in stereotype: a monolithic group that is violent and warlike, unable to grasp technology or feel at ease in contemporary society. Focusing on the popular culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in a series of essays, he shows that even as American Indians participated in technology, images of their supposed "primitive" state began to solidify. One cogent essay examines why native people would decide to join revues like Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West show as historical reenactors. A lovely composition about Deloria's grandfather leads the author into a longer meditation on Indian athleticism. Other chapters examine the juxtaposition of Indians and technology, and the use of native melodies in film and opera. The combination of Deloria's readable style and his impressive collection of data makes this title a must for those interested in the politics of representation. Rebecca Maksel
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"A trenchant and enlightening examination of American Indian identity and of federal policy that has affected it." -- Montana The Magazine of Western History

"An eminently readable work." -- Multicultural Review

"Deloria succeeds brilliantly." -- Journal of the West

"Deloria's endpoint is to quiz stereotypes for their impact on ideological discourse, which he accomplishes with humor, grace, and depth." -- Choice

"Highly recommended for public, high school, and academic libraries with multicultural interests." -- Library Journal

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on October 7, 2007
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I am familiar with the works of the late American Indian author of twenty books (including Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto), theologian, historian, and activist, Vine Deloria, Jr. I was less familiar with his son, Phillip J. Deloria, a history professor and director of the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. The title of this piece and eye-catching mural-esque book cover (of four native people in a Model T, in full regalia, looking outward at the cow-spotted plains) immediately caught my attention.

What are these "unexpected" places that Phillip Deloria was referring to? They include early cinema, athletics, technology and music. What's more, he gives us new insight into the background of the Battle of Wounded Knee and other tragic chapters in Native history that are either glossed over in historical texts or are decidedly one-ended. Deloria has a very clear writer's voice, and freely intersperses the personal anecdotes of his family's rich history (Deloria is of Sioux heritage) with archived photographs and amazing stories that encompass more than 100 years of Native accomplishment in cinema (with reference to pioneers in the industry who worked to challenge and break the stereotypical depiction of the animalistic Noble Savage and other typical roles often brought to screen, often with White people in wigs and "exotic" make-up, playing these characters), sports (baseball, football and track, just to name a few sports), technology (many photos of native families and Geronimo, himself, cruising around in some of the most popular automobiles from the early 20th century), and music (notable native composers, opera singers and ensembles).

I can't begin to tell you how much I learned after reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon York on April 17, 2013
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is convincing the world we still exist. As someone whose family has lived on this side of the world for the last 10,000 years or more, I find this book a welcome treatment. Philip Deloria is balanced, scholarly, and insightful; he can treat Native issues well without bashing his point over the reader's (especially the non-Native's) head. I would recommend Philip Deloria's work to anyone who has ever asked what it is like to be a Native American.
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The book was very educational. I only gave it four stars as it was a bit wordy in places and lost my attention.
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