Americans are still fascinated by the romantic notion of the "noble savage," yet know little about the real Native peoples of North America. This two-volume work seeks to remedy that by examining stereotypes and celebrating the true cultures of American Indians today.
Happily, Hollywood no longer portrays indigenous people by using actors in "redface." Yet racist sports mascots, like Chief Wahoo of the Cleveland Indians, and racist team names, like Washington Redskins, are still acceptable. Whether one is looking at film or literature, sports or politics, does popular culture have any correlation to the reality of American Indian life and achievement?
The two-volume American Indians and Popular Culture seeks to help readers understand American Indians by analyzing their relationships with the popular culture of the United States and Canada. Volume 1 covers media, sports, and politics, while Volume 2 covers literature, arts, and resistance. Both volumes focus on stereotypes, detailing how they were created and why they are still allowed to exist.
In defining popular culture broadly to include subjects such as print advertising, politics, and science as well as literature, film, and the arts, this work offers a comprehensive guide to the important issues facing Native peoples today. Analyses draw from many disciplines and include many voices, ranging from surveys of movies and discussions of Native authors to first-person accounts from Native perspectives. Among the more intriguing subjects are the casinos that have changed the economic landscape for the tribes involved, the controversy surrounding museum treatments of American Indians, and the methods by which American Indians have fought back against pervasive ethnic stereotyping.
• Contributions from 47 distinguished scholars, writers, performers, and curators—both Native and non-Native—from the United States and Canada
• Photos of contemporary powwows, historical figures, indigenous architecture, and contemporary and historical art
• A comprehensive bibliography at the end of each chapter
• Reflects the reality of Native peoples in the United States and Canada by encompassing a broad array of tribes, languages, and cultures
• Features contributions from Native authors from the Haida, Lakota, Lumbee, Cherokee, Cree, Isleta Pueblo, Dakota, and Mohawk tribes
• Balances historical overviews of American Indians in popular culture with discussions of issues facing Native peoples today
• Provides a comprehensive research tool for undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and general readers