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Indian Work Language and Livelihood in Native American History

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ISBN-10: 0674033493

ISBN-13: 9780674033498

Edition: 2009

Authors: Daniel H. Usner, Daniel H. Usner

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Representations of Indian economic life have played an integral role in discourses about poverty, social policy, and cultural difference but have received surprisingly little attention. Daniel Usner dismantles ideological characterizations of Indian livelihood to reveal the intricacy of economic adaptations in American Indian history.Officials, reformers, anthropologists, and artists produced images that exacerbated Indiansrsquo; economic uncertainty and vulnerability. From Jeffersonian agrarianism to Jazz Age primitivism, European American ideologies not only obscured Indian struggles for survival but also operated as obstacles to their success. Diversification and itinerancy became…    
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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/17/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

Daniel H. Usner, Jr., is Holland M. McTyeire Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Pursuit of Livelihood and the Production of Language
Inventing the Hunter State: Iroquois Livelihood in Jeffersonian America
Narratives of Decline and Disappearance: The Changing Presence of American Indians in Early Natchez
The Discourse over Poverty: Indian Treaty Rights and Welfare Policy
Perceptions of Authenticity and Passivity: Indian Basket Making in Post-Civil War Louisiana
Primitivism and Tourism: Indian Livelihood in D. H. Lawrence's New Mexico