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A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians


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Synopsis of Contents x Notes on Contributors xviii Introduction: What is the ''Anthropology'' of ''American Indians''? 1 Thomas Biolsi Part I: Environments and Populations 5 1 Political and Historical Ecologies 7 Kenneth M. Ames 2 Historical Demography 24 Russell Thornton Part II: Political, Social, and Economic Organization 49 3 Women and Men 51 Martha C. Knack 4 Politics 69 Loretta Fowler 5 Tribal or Native Law 95 Bruce Granville Miller 6 Culture and Reservation Economies 112 Kathleen Pickering Part III: Knowledge and Expressive Culture 131 7 Knowledge Systems 133 Eugene S. Hunn 8 Oral Traditions 154 Rodney Frey 9 Religion 171 Raymond Bucko 10 Music 196 Luke Eric Lassiter 11 Art 212 Rebecca J. Dobkins Part IV: Colonialism, Native Sovereignty, Law, and Policy 229 12 Political and Legal Status (''Lower 48'' States) 231 Thomas Biolsi 13 Political and Legal Status of Alaska Natives 248 Caroline L. Brown 14 Federal Indian Policy and Anthropology 268 George Pierre Castile 15 Contemporary Globalization and Tribal Sovereignty 284 Randel D. Hanson 16 Treaty Rights 304 Larry Nesper 17 Education 321 Alice Littlefield Part V: Cultural Politics and the Colonial Situation 339 18 Representational Practices 341 Pauline Turner Strong 19 The Politics of Native Culture 360 Kirk Dombrowski 20 Cultural Appropriation 383 Tressa Berman 21 Community Healing and Cultural Citizenship 398 Renya K. Ramirez 22 Native Hawaiians 412 Cari Costanzo Kapur Part VI: Anthropological Method and Postcolonial Practice 433 23 Ethnography 435 Peter Whiteley 24 Beyond ''Applied'' Anthropology 472 Les W. Field 25 Language 490 James Collins 26 Visual Anthropology 506 Harald E. L. Prins 27 Archaeology 526 Larry J. Zimmerman Index 542

About the Author

Thomas Biolsi is Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Among his publications are Deadliest Enemies: Law and Race Relations on and Off Rosebud Reservation (2007/2001), Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr., and the Critique of Anthropology (edited with Larry Zimmerman, 1997), and Organizing the Lakota: The Political Economy of the New Deal on Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations (1992).


"Highly recommended." Choice "Biolsi has produced a rich and comprehensive overview of the field by drawing on senior figures and younger scholars, academics and public intellectuals, and Native and non-Native voices. This volume is required reading for anyone wishing to enter, revisit, or advance the practice of Native American anthropology." Philip Deloria, University of Michigan "This invaluable volume offers the perspectives of individuals whose intellectual, social, emotional, and pragmatic commitment to better understanding our world have earned the respect and attention of Native and non-Native audiences." Tsianina Lomawaima, University of Arizona "This is a sterling compilation, expertly edited, that interrogates the dynamic and often contentious relationship between indigenous peoples and anthropologists." David Wilkins, University of Minnesota

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