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"The essays are spirited and refreshing in bringing out key issues concerning the study and the marketing of American Indian culture and history."—Multicultural Review
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"Provocative, clear, and forceful."—Western Historical Quarterly
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"The joy of this book is that Indians speak for themselves, and speak very well indeed!"—Book Talk: New Mexico Book League
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Devon A. Mihesuah is an associate professor of history at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She is the author of Cultivating the Rosebuds: The Education of Women at the Cherokee Female Seminary and American Indians: Stereotypes and Realities.
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  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803282435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803282438
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Hale on July 28, 2000
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Professor Mihesuah does an excellent job, as writer and editor, promoting a new model for American Indian studies, one more cognizant that the scientific/historical assumptions of the academy are themselves culturally loaded against a just understanding and representation of American Indians. Personally, I think this is true of much modern culture as well; one reason academics have such a hard time figuring out what to do with (and how to talk about) rock and roll, for instance, is that it doesn't quite fit the categories western civilization has developed so far. This is a fine collection of essays, one that should be required reading for all PhD candidates in the humanities.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2001
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A must have for writers looking to explore the world of American Indians through Academia. This book makes a great place to start for any writers outside the world of the American Indian because it informs from the perspective necessary to invoke change in the poorly and mainly Euroview of the American experience. The essays are insightful and informative and I found the bibliographies at the ends of each chapter a gift that only research freaks like me could enjoy. Thanks for the direction and how about a Volume 2?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Hale on July 18, 2000
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Aside from the excellent job Professor Mihesuah does (both as writer and editor) in presenting the case for creating a different model for understanding American Indian history and culture, the essays here offer a much needed balance to academic presumptions about the primacy of scientific (as it were) fact. Should be required reading for all Ph.D. candidates in the humanities.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lori A. King on November 3, 2006
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I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The book addressed the issue of disrespecting the oral tradition of American Indian cultures by writing about them. This is something that has concerned me, especially as I look into continuing my studies through a PhD program.
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