Collecting Native America: Cultural and Literary Perspectives|
Fall 2011 not offered
This course will explore Native American studies through the lens of collecting, broadly conceived. It will address collecting as a form of cultural appropriation and consumption as it relates to colonialism, power, and the politics of identity and difference. How is the appropriation of stories, sacred objects, knowledge, cultural expressions, images, land, even ancestral remains, related to colonialism and structures of power? And in what ways is this resisted and subverted by Native American communities? How do museums, the art market, the tourist industry, and New Age spirituality markets commodify Native American cultures? To what degree does the commodification of culture shape and/or limit how forms of indigeneity can be articulated, enacted, and (for nonnatives) understood? We will explore sites of resistance to different forms cultural appropriation, both discursive and legal.
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Dubin, Margaret. Native America Collected: The Culture of an Art World. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001.)
Root, Deborah. Cannibal Culture: Art, Appropriation, & the Commodification of Difference. (Oxford: Westview Press, 1998).
Silko, Leslie Marmon. Gardens in the Dunes: A Novel. (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1999.)
Starn, Orin. Ishi¿s Brain: In Search of America¿s Last Wild Indian. (NY: Norton, 2004.)
Vizenor, Gerald. Chancers: A Novel. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2001.)
Walter, Anna Lee. Ghost Singer: A Novel. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1994.)
Watkins, Joe Edward. Sacred Sites and Repatriation. Contemporary Native American Issues Series. (Chelsea House Publishers, 2006.)
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