Mixedblood Messages Literature, Film, Family, Place
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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 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.
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Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 10/15/2001
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Preface: Crow Love|
|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|
|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|