Selling the Indian

Selling the Indian

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For more than a hundred years, outsiders enamored of the perceived strengths of American Indian cultures have appropriated and distorted elements of them for their own purposes--more often than not ignoring the impact of the process on the Indians themselves. This book contains eight original contributions that consider the selling of American Indian culture and how it affects the Native community. It goes beyond studies of qwhite shamanismq to focus on commercial ventures, challenging readers to reconsider how Indian cultures have been commercialized in the twentieth century. Some selections examine how Indians have been displayed to the public, beginning with a qliving exhibitq of Cocopa Indians at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition and extending to contemporary stagings of Indian culture for tourists at Tillicum Village near Seattle. Other chapters range from the Cherokees to Puebloan peoples to Indians of Chiapas, Mexico, in an examination of the roles of both Indians and non-Indian reformers in marketing Native arts and crafts. These articles show that the commercialization and appropriation of American Indian cultures have been persistent practices of American society over the last century and constitute a form of cultural imperialism that could contribute to the destruction of American Indian culture and identity. They offer a means toward understanding this complex process and provide a new window on Indian-white interactions. CONTENTS Part I: Staging the Indian 1. The qShyq Cocopa Go to the Fair, qNancy J. Parezo and John W. Troutmanq 2. Command Performances: Staging Native Americans at Tillicum Village, qKatie N. Johnson and Tamara Underinerq 3.Savage Desires: The Gendered Construction of the American Indian in Popular Media, qS. Elizabeth Birdq 4. qBeyond Feathers and Beadsq: Interlocking Narratives in the Music and Dance of Tokeya Inajin (Kevin Locke), qPauline Tuttleq Part II: Marketing the Indian 5. qThe Idea of Helpq: White Women Reformers and the Commercialization of Native American Womenas Arts, qErik Trumpq 6. Saving the Pueblos: Commercialism and Indian Reform in the 1920s, qCarter Jones Meyerq 7. Marketing Traditions: Cherokee Basketry and Tourist Economies, qSarah H. Hillq 8. Crafts, Tourism, and Traditional Life in Chiapas, Mexico: A Tale Related by a Pillowcase, qChris Goertzenqcommercializing aamp; appropriating American Indian cultures Carter Jones Meyer, Diana Royer ... the natural history and history display approaches, such as the use of period rooms, dioramas, and material-culture displays. ... McCowan was made second in charge of the Anthropology Department and oversaw the welfare of all Indian groups except the Cocopa. ... Children ranged from kindergartners to eighth graders and were chosen for their oratorical, musical, or artistic proficienciesanbsp;...

Title:Selling the Indian
Author: Carter Jones Meyer, Diana Royer
Publisher:Univ of Arizona Pr - 2001

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