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Studying Native America
Problems and Prospects
Edited by Russell Thornton

"A broad history and analysis of contemporary issues confronting the development of Native American studies in North America. It is very well-referenced, providing the reader with an enormous range of works to move deeper into a subject area. This book is an importnat advancement for Indian studies."—Jay Stauss, University of Arizona

"The White Man does not understand the Indian for the reason that he does not understand America. He is too far removed from its formative process. The roots of the tree of his life have not yet grasped rock and soil." The words of Lakota writer Luther Standing Bear foretold the current debate on the value of Native American studies in higher education. Studying Native America addresses for the first time in a comprehensive way the place of this critical discipline in the university curriculum. Leading scholars in anthropology, demography, English and literature, history, law, social work, linguistics, public health, psychology, and sociology have come together to explore what Native American studies has been, what it is, and what it may be in the future.

The book's thirteen contributors and editor Russell Thornton, stress the frequent incompatibility of traditional academic teaching methods with the social and cultural concerns that gave rise to the field of Native American studies. Beginning with the intellectual and institutional history of Native American studies, the book examines its literature, language, historical narratives, and anthropology. The volume discusses the effects on Native American studies of law and constitutionalism; cosmology, epistemology, and religion; identity; demography; colonialism and post-colonialism; science and technology; and repatriation of human remains and cultural objects.

Contributors to Studying Native America include Raymond J. DeMallie, Bonnie Duran, Eduardo Duran, Raymond D. Fogelson, Clara Sue Kidwell, Kerwin Lee Klein, Melissa L. Meyer, John H. Moore, Peter Nabokov, Katheryn Shanley, C. Matthew Snipp, Rennard Strickland, Russell Thornton, J. Randolph Valentine, Robert Allen Warrior, Richard White, and Maria Yellowhorse-Braveheart. The book is sponsored in part by the Social Science Research Council.

Russell Thornton, a Cherokee Indian, is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include We Shall Live Again, American Indian Holocaust and Survival, and The Cherokees: A Population History.

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cover of Studying Native America is green with an abstract picture of a drum.

January 1998
LC: 98-020733 E
464 pp.   6 x 9   11 charts

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