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Clearing a Path : Theorizing the Past in Native American Studies - Nancy Shoemaker

Clearing a Path

Theorizing the Past in Native American Studies

Paperback Published: 22nd November 2001
ISBN: 9780415926751
Number Of Pages: 215

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Native American studies is ready for theory. Until very recently, historians and others researching the Native American past have almost exclusively described their subject in linear, chronological fashion--relegating the theory to introductory chapters or footnotes. In "Clearing a Path," Nancy Shoemaker assembles a collection of essays written by some of the most respected names in the field that skillfully places methodological and theoretical concerns first. The anthology is divided into four sections:
*"Stories" looks at history as storytelling (and storytelling as history)
*"Categories of Analysis" asks how roles like gender affect historical study
* "Political Economy" reviews the material context of Native American history on and off the reservation
*"Tribal Histories, Indigenous Histories" compares two different modes of examining Native American history.
"Clearing a Path" offers new models and ideas for exploring Native American history, drawing from disciplines like history, anthropology, and creative writing. This a must-read for anyone interested in the history of indigenous peoples.

"Writing in crystal-clear prose and refusing to submit to the obfuscations of previous scholars, she wonders how people use categories." -Catherine A. Corman, "Western Historical Quarterly "The political economy section is a standout, with a fierce and funny essay by Patricia C. Albers and a spectacular piece by Jacki Thompson Rand. Rand's analysis of women's beadwork is nothing short of brilliant." -Catherine A. Corman, "Western Historical Quarterly "Shoemaker provides a superb introduction in which she defines and defends theory." -Catherine A. Corman, "Western Historical Quarterly "Graduate students preparing for general exams or professors trying to work up new courses will find these lists invaluable." -Catherine A. Corman, "Western Historical Quarterly "This masterful four-part anthology suggests theoretical methods for opening the way to deeper understandings of Native histories...This marvelous, stimulating, multivocal, multidimensional, and multidisciplinary collection is highly recommended for upper division undergraduates and graduate students in history, anthropology, and American studies.." -R.A. Bucko, Creighton University, for "CHOICE

Introductionp. vii
Stories
Oral History, Narrative Strategies, and Native American Historiography: Perspectives from the Yukon Territory, Canadap. 3
The Story of America: A Tribalographyp. 29
Categories of Analysis
Categoriesp. 51
"Some Women Are Wiser than Some Men": Gender and Native American Historyp. 75
Political Economy
Marxism and Historical Materialism In American Indian Historyp. 107
Primary Sources: Indian Goods and the History of American Colonialism and the 19th-Century Reservationp. 137
Tribal Histories, Indigenous Histories
Keep Your Thoughts Above the Trees: Ideas on Developing and Presenting Tribal Historiesp. 161
Life Proceeds From the Name: Indigenous Peoples and the Predicament of Hybridityp. 181
Notes on Contributorsp. 207
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780415926751
ISBN-10: 0415926750
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 215
Published: 22nd November 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1