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The Resource Everything you know about Indians is wrong, Paul Chaat Smith

Everything you know about Indians is wrong, Paul Chaat Smith

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Everything you know about Indians is wrong
Title
Everything you know about Indians is wrong
Statement of responsibility
Paul Chaat Smith
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Subject
Language
eng
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Review
  • In this acerbic collection of essays, Comanche cultural critic and art curator Smith (Like a Hurricane ) riffs on the romantic stereotypes of Indian as “spiritual masters and first environmentalists,” as tragic victims of technology and civilization, as primal beings brimming with nomad authenticity, their every artifact a gem of folk art. Such tropes, he complains, hide the riotous complexity of the modern Indian experience, which he visits in pieces that explore his grandfather's Christian church, Sitting Bull's savvy manipulation of his media image (he had an agent) and the author's own Comanche forebears, who were both “world-class barbarians” and avid adopters of the white man's gadgetry. These loose-limbed essays range all over the landscape, from Hollywood westerns to the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee to (somewhat obscurely) the contemporary Indian art scene. Smith doesn't entirely square his view of Indians as “just plain folks” with his advancing of a unique Indian cultural perspective, but his keen, skeptical eye makes such ironies both amusing and enlightening. Photos. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 16, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 11, p56)
  • With acerbic wit and unflinching honesty, social critic Smith (associate curator, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; coauthor, with Robert Warrior, Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee ) offers a collection of essays that were written over approximately a 15-year period. It is an eclectic collection that chronicles the evolution of his views on the politics of being a Native American, beginning with his obvious naÃóveté as a committed activist within the American Indian Movement to his present employment with the federal government. No target is safe from his pointed barbs, not even himself. The explanation of how quickly his views toward the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian changed when the practicality of needing employment entered the equation is alone worth the price of the book. In addition to being an entertaining read, this book gives one much to consider as Smith challenges many of the tropes that too many authors utilize when writing about native peoples. Highly recommended.—John Burch, Campbellsville Univ. Lib., KY --John Burch (Reviewed May 15, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 9, p91)
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
317630
Cataloging source
DLC
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Smith, Paul Chaat
Dewey number
323.1197
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
E98.C89
LC item number
S64 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Series statement
Indigenous Americas
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  • Smith, Paul Chaat
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America
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Everything you know about Indians is wrong, Paul Chaat Smith
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
739612
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
193 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780816656011
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008055791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
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  • (Sirsi) i9780816656011
  • (OCoLC)277201109
Label
Everything you know about Indians is wrong, Paul Chaat Smith
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
739612
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
193 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780816656011
Isbn Type
(hc : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008055791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780816656011
  • (OCoLC)277201109

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