Mixedblood Messages Literature, Film, Family, Place

ISBN-10: 0806133813
ISBN-13: 9780806133812
Edition: 2001
Authors: Louis Owens
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Description: In this challenging & often humorous book, Louis Owens examines issues of Indian identity & relationship to the environment as depicted in literature & film & as embodied in his own mixedblood roots in family & land. Powerful social & historical  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 10/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In this challenging & often humorous book, Louis Owens examines issues of Indian identity & relationship to the environment as depicted in literature & film & as embodied in his own mixedblood roots in family & land. Powerful social & historical forces, he maintains, conspire to colonize literature & film by & about Native Americans into a safe "Indian Territory" that will contain & neutralize Indians. Countering this colonial "Territory" is what Owens defines as "Frontier", a dynamic, uncontainable, multidirectional space within which cultures meet & even merge. Owens offers new insights into the works of Indian writers ranging from John Rollin Ridge, Mourning Dove, & D'Arcy McNickle to N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Silko, James Welch, & General Vizenor. In his analysis of Indians in film he scrutinizes distortions of Indians as victims or vanishing Americans in a series of John Wayne movies & in the politically correct but false gestures of the more recent DANCES WITH WOLVES. As Owens moves through his personal landscape in Oklahoma, Mississippi, California, & New Mexico, he questions how human beings collectively can alter their disastrous relationship with the natural world before they destroy it. He challenges all of us to articulate, through literature & other means, messages of personal & environmental - as well as cultural - survival, & to explore & share these messages by writing & reading across cultural boundaries. Louis Owens, who is of Choctaw-Cherokee-Irish descent, is Professor of Literature at the University of New Mexico. His works include OTHER DESTINIES: UNDERSTANDING THE AMERICAN INDIAN NOVEL, & the novels THE SHARPEST SIGHT, BONE GAME, & WOLFSONG, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

List of Illustrations
Preface: Crow Love
Acknowledgments
Mixedbloods and Mixed Messages: Adventures in Native American Literature
Columbus Had It Coming: Crossbloods, Crossreading, and Cultural Survival
Beads and Buckskin: Reading Native American Literature
Mapping the Mixedblood: Frontier and Territory in Native America
Multicultural Tourism: Native American Literature, Canon, and Campus
"The Song Is Very Short": Native American Literature and Literary Theory
Through an Amber Glass: Chief Doom and the Native American Novel Today
"Grinning Aboriginal Demons": Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart and the End of Tragedy
Filming the Territory
The Invention of John Wayne
Apocalypse at the Two-Socks Hop: Dancing with the Vanishing American
Autobiographical Reflections, or Mixed Blood and Mixed Messages
Blood Trails: Missing Grandmothers and Making Worlds
Motion of Fire and Form
Water Witch
Shared Blood
Words, Wilderness, and Native America
Mapping, Naming, and the Power of Words
Burning the Shelter
"Everywhere There Was Life": How Native Americans Can Save the World
Notes
References
Index

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