Playing Indian

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Yale University Press, 1998 - History - 249 pages
11 Reviews
Moving from the Boston Tea Party to the present, this provocative book explores the ways non-Indian Americans have acted out their fantasies about Indians in order to experience national, modern, and personal identities. In this complicated tug-of-war between imaginings and actions, Indian people have been embraced and rejected, frequently humiliated and occasionally empowered. The historical anxieties revealed by Playing Indian continue to haunt Americans -- both Indian and non-Indian -- to this day.
  

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Review: Playing Indian

User Review  - Courtney - Goodreads

A very interesting look at how white Americans have culturally appropriated Indianness in order to (attempt to) establish an identity. Anyone looking for a background on the boy scouts should read this. It's a bit eye opening. Read full review

Review: Playing Indian

User Review  - Trish Roberts-miller - Goodreads

Really helpful book, especially for explaining what is wrong with modern appropriations of Native American culture. Traces one way of "playing Indian" and how complicated that is. Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations ix
1
Proclamation 1774
13
Invitation to Tammany Society Dinner 1 7 7 3
29
The Female Combatants or Who Shall 1776
30
The Able Doctor or America Swallowing the Bitter Draught 1774
31
Invitation to Tammany Day Dinner 1786
47
Liberty and Washington circa 180010
53
Society of Red Men Meeting Poster 1825
61
Camp Fire Girls Letterhead 19 2 8
114
Eadweard Muybridge Motion Study from Animal Locomotion 1887
118
Frank Hamilton Cushing in Zuni Garb 1900
119
Seton Family Christmas Card 19 21
121
Five
128
Edwin Tangen Indian Pageant War Dance 1915
136
Advertisements Page Powwow Trails 1964
138
Edwin Tangen Ralph Hubbard in Indian Costume 1922
139

Red Men 1848
66
Improved Order of Red Men Costume late nineteenth century
67
Three
71
New Confederacy of the Iroquois Roster 1845
81
Four
95
Ernest Thompson Setons original Sinaway Tribe at Standing Rock Village 1903
97
Daniel Carter Beard circa 1938
98
Priscilla Wolfe in Camp Fire Costume circa 1910
112
Gathering of All Tribes for a Human BeIn 1967
160
Conclusion
181
Frank Bardacke Peoples Park Manifesto 1969 1 62
189
Judge Edward R Harden in Omaha Costume 1855
190
Notes
197
Index
243
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About the author (1998)

Philip J. Deloria, of Dakota Sioux heritage, is professor of history and director of the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. He is author of Playing Indian and coeditor of the Blackwell Companion to Native American History.

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