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  • First Peoples: Native American Performance and Representation
    Querying Difference in Theatre History more comprehensive study of Native performance not only its past but also its present and future Contributors use multiple perspectives to look at the varying nature of Native performance strategies They consider the combination and balance of the traditional and modern techniques of performers in a multicultural world This collection presents diverse viewpoints from both scholars and performers in this field both Natives and non Natives Important and well respected researchers and performers such as Bruce McConachie Jorge Huerta and Daystar Rosalie Jones offer much needed insight into this quickly expanding field of study This volume examines Native performance using a variety of lenses such as feminism literary and film theory and postcolonial discourse Through the many unique voices of the contributors major themes are explored such as indigenous self representations in performance representations by nonindigenous people cultural authenticity in performance and representation and cross fertilization between cultures Authors introduce important though sometimes controversial issues as they consider the effects of miscegenation on traditional customs racial discrimination Native women s position in a multicultural society and the relationship between authenticity and hybridity in Native performance An important addition to the new and growing field of

    Original URL path: http://firstpeoplesnewdirections.org/book.php?id=1006 (2016-02-09)
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  • First Peoples: Native Americans, Christianity, and the Reshaping of the American Religious Landscape
    are all well established scholars who bring cross disciplinary dialogue and borrowing to this interesting timely and significant topic Richard Pointer author of Encounters of the Spirit Native Americans and European Colonial Religion This is an illuminating interdisciplinary volume that highlights the religious encounters of Native Americans and Christian missionaries in colonial and nineteenth century America Martin and Nicholas have assembled a wonderful group of scholars and the scope and depth of the essays are excellent Jace Weaver director Institute of Native American Studies University of Georgia and often misunderstood history of Native people s engagement with Christianity and with Euro American missionaries Surveying mission encounters from contact through the mid nineteenth century the volume alters and enriches our understanding of both American Christianity and Indigenous religion The essays here explore a variety of post contact identities including indigenous Christians mission friendly non Christians and ex Christians thereby exploring the shifting world of Native white cultural and religious exchange Rather than questioning the authenticity of Native Christian experiences these scholars reveal how Indigenous peoples negotiated change with regard to missions missionaries and Christianity This collection challenges the pervasive stereotype of Native Americans as culturally static and ill equipped to navigate

    Original URL path: http://firstpeoplesnewdirections.org/book.php?id=1092 (2016-02-09)
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  • First Peoples: Native Waters
    water rights in fundamental ways not only for tribes but also for non Indian communities that share scarce water resources with Indians In Native Waters Daniel McCool describes the dramatic impact these settlements are having both on Indian country and on the American West as a whole Viewing the settlements as a second treaty era he considers whether they will guarantee the water future of reservations or like treaties of old will require tribes to surrender vast resources in order to retain a small part of their traditional homelands As one tribal official observed It s like your neighbors have been stealing your horses for many years and now we have to sit down and decide how many of those horses they get to keep Unlike technical studies of water policy McCool s book is a readable account that shows us real people attempting to end real disputes that have been going on for decades He discusses specific water settlements using a combination of approaches from personal testimony to traditional social science methodology to capture the richness complexity and human texture of the water rights conflict By explaining the processes and outcomes in plain language and grounding his presentation in

    Original URL path: http://firstpeoplesnewdirections.org/book.php?id=1028 (2016-02-09)
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  • First Peoples: Natives Making Nation
    metropolitan ideas of nation employed by politicians the media and education are produced reproduced and contested by people of the rural Andes people who have long been regarded as ethnically and racially distinct from more culturally European urban citizens Yet these peripheral natives are shown to be actively engaged with the idea of the nation in their own communities forcing us to re think the ways in which indigeneity is defined by its marginality The contributors examine the ways in which numerous identities racial generational ethnic regional national gender and sexual are both mutually informing and contradictory among subaltern Andean people who are more likely now to claim an allegiance to a nation than ever before Although indians are less often confronted with crude assimilationist policies they continue to face racism and discrimination as they struggle to assert an identity that is more than a mere refraction of the dominant culture Yet despite the language of multiculturalism employed even in constitutional reform any assertion of indian identity is likely to be resisted By exploring topics as varied as nation building in the 1930s or the chuqila dance these authors expose a paradox in the relation between indians and the nation

    Original URL path: http://firstpeoplesnewdirections.org/book.php?id=1015 (2016-02-09)
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  • First Peoples: Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law
    a groundbreaking in depth treatment of a subject deserving more attention The Law and Politics Book Review The book is engaging insightful and thought provoking an important contribution to the law and the academy Wicazo Sa Review The lay readers will be interested to read of the sound logic and the deep communal traditions that enrich Navajo justice today and will gain a deep appreciation of the signal values of harmony peace solidarity and kinship in the advancement of fair outcomes in dispute resolution That said the book s chief contribution will be at the level of advanced legal studies Library Journal affirmed tribal court authority over reservation based claims the Navajo Nation has been at the vanguard of a far reaching transformative jurisprudential movement among Indian tribes in North America and indigenous peoples around the world to retrieve and use traditional values to address contemporary legal issues A justice on the Navajo Nation Supreme Court for sixteen years Justice Raymond D Austin has been deeply involved in the movement to develop tribal courts and tribal law as effective means of modern self government He has written foundational opinions that have established Navajo common law and throughout his legal career has recognized the benefit of tribal customs and traditions as tools of restorative justice In Navajo Courts and Navajo Common Law Justice Austin considers the history and implications of how the Navajo Nation courts apply foundational Navajo doctrines to modern legal issues He explains key Navajo foundational concepts like Hozho harmony K e peacefulness and solidarity and K ei kinship both within the Navajo cultural context and using the case method of legal analysis as they are adapted and applied by Navajo judges in virtually every important area of legal life in the tribe In addition to detailed case studies

    Original URL path: http://firstpeoplesnewdirections.org/book.php?id=1034 (2016-02-09)
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  • First Peoples: Negotiating Tribal Water Rights
    litigation over tribal water rights shape the future of both Indian and non Indian communities throughout the region and intense competition for limited water supplies has increased pressure to address tribal water claims Much has been written about Indian water rights for the many tribal and non Indian stakeholders who rely upon western water this book now offers practical guidance on how to negotiate them By providing a comprehensive synthesis of western water issues tribal water disputes and alternative approaches to dispute resolution it offers a valuable sourcebook for all tribal councils legislators water professionals attorneys who need a basic understanding of the complexities of the situation The book reviews the history current status and case law related to western water while revealing strategies for addressing water conflicts among tribes cities farms environmentalists and public agencies Drawing insights from the process structure and implementation of water rights settlements currently under negotiation or already agreed to it presents a detailed analysis of how these cases evolve over time It also provides a wide range of contextual materials from the nuts and bolts of a Freedom of Information Act request to the hydrology of irrigation It also includes contributed essays by expert

    Original URL path: http://firstpeoplesnewdirections.org/book.php?id=1025 (2016-02-09)
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  • First Peoples: The Networked Wilderness
    Studies Early American Studies and History of the Book methodologies to produce a compelling new account of multimedia communication networks in the New England wilderness Matt Cohen gives us a lucid and eye opening new understanding of textuality performance interpretation and cultural contact extending far beyond the seventeenth century context that is the book s focus Christopher Castiglia author of Bound and Determined and Interior States important as theology guns germs or steel in shaping the early colonization of North America Colonists in New England have generally been viewed as immersed in a Protestant culture of piety and alphabetic literacy At the same time many scholars have insisted that the culture of the indigenous peoples of the region was a predominantly oral culture But what if Cohen posits we thought about media and technology beyond the terms of orality and literacy Reconceptualizing aural and inscribed communication as a spectrum The Networked Wilderness bridges the gap between the history of the book and Native American systems of communication Cohen reveals that books paths recipes totems and animals and their sounds all took on new interactive powers as the English negotiated the well developed informational trails of the Algonquian East Coast and

    Original URL path: http://firstpeoplesnewdirections.org/book.php?id=1081 (2016-02-09)
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  • First Peoples: New Architecture on Indigenous Lands
    should look like Native custom and culture were bound to be boxed in or boxed out But in the post 1996 era of more flexible housing policies Native peoples have assumed a key role in the design of buildings on tribal lands The result is an architecture that finally accords with the traditions and ideas of the people who inhabit it A virtual tour of recent Native building projects in Canada and the western and midwestern United States New Architecture on Indigenous Lands conducts readers through cultural centers and schools clinics and housing and even a sugar camp all while showing how tribal identity is manifested in various distinctive ways Focusing on such sites as the Tribal Council Chambers of the Pojoaque Pueblo the Zuni Eagle Sanctuary in New Mexico the Nk Mip Desert Cultural Center in Osoyoos British Columbia and the T lisalagi law Elementary School Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka offer wide ranging insights into the sensory symbolic cultural and environmental contexts of this new architecture With close attention to details of design questions of tradition and cultural issues and through interviews with designers and their Native clients the authors provide an in depth introduction to the

    Original URL path: http://firstpeoplesnewdirections.org/book.php?id=1157 (2016-02-09)
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