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Fantasies of the Master Race: Literature, Cinema, and the Colonization of American Indians

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ISBN-10: 0872863484
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About the Author

Ward Churchill has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues. He is a Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a leading member of AIM, and the author of numerous books, including A Little Matter of Genocide, Struggle for the Land, and Fantasies of the Master Race.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872863484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872863484
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is great just because Churchill offers analysis of some of the tough cases of Indian fiction, nonfiction and film -- cases that you thought were open and shut "pro-Indian". He leaves aside the Billy Jacks and the John Waynes as obvious absurdities, and with unmatched scholarship tackles movies and books YOU thought finally gave an accurate portrayal of Indians. Buy this book if you loved Dances With Wolves or think you know everything about Carlos Castaneda.
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I would say this is worth 4 stars, but seeing how one reviewer is bent on giving it the worst possible to make a statement rather than a review, I decided to attempt to neutralize his rating.
Churchill's review on cultural myths and cinema tragecomedies that rewrite history to their liking are somewhat striking. One would expect that there is some bias, but to see it put under the microscope as churchill does is more than an eye-opener.
It's not another "white man steals again" books, but rather an intellectually secure book that makes claims outside the public spectrum of politics. And do I dare say, sometimes radical politics are right! Indigenous americans have been slandered. John Wayne has only secured the subtlely racist notions of indigenous savagery and such.
The truth will set you free
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By A Customer on December 6, 2001
Ward Churchill has hit upon a very important and eye opening subject for those that believe everything their history teachers and the media dishes out to them about the American Indian. Mainstream America is still in the dark about the reality of the first peoples of this country. I was moved by many portions of this book and would love to see it made into a PBS series for public consumption. The only sad part is most of the people that need to be informed wouldn't think of reading this book or watching anything on PBS. It is a consise and important work.
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Ward Churchill makes a compelling case that should be required reading for anyone trying to understand the narrative of US history from something other than a Euro-centric point of view. He gently, and sometimes not-so-gently peels back layer upon layer veiling your eyes to understand the genocide still occurring in our treatment of the Native Peoples of our own land.

This should be required reading!
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Ward writes about hidden history and how government rules, even today, result in genocide. He also is very good at illustrating how even today's media play a role in that genocide. Every American needs to know this information and Ward has done an excellent job of painting this very ugly picture.
This courageous intellectual has been fired from the University of Colorado for his "controversial" views and opinions. I suppose we are supposed to forget about academic freedom. He also has been hounded to the ends of the earth for claiming he has just a little bit of Native American ancestry, and that he can't "prove it." I have news for the folks demanding this. First of all I hear people often say that they are Irish, Scottish, African American, or whatever, but I never see that they are required to prove it. Why does Ward Churchill have to prove what he is? This is only used to discredit him and what he is saying. I also noticed that the unfavorable reviews are not specific about what is "wrong" with the book. They only state that he does not know what he is talking about, is not really Native American, etc. In my humble opinion, these reviews reflect more on the authors of them than they do on Ward Churchill.
The book is excellent, in my opinion.
Robert Kirkconnell
Author of:American Heart of Darkness: Volume I: The Transformation of the American Republic into a Pathocracy (Volume 1)
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