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Indi'n Humor : Bicultural Play in Native America - Kenneth Lincoln

Indi'n Humor

Bicultural Play in Native America

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Published: 27th May 1993
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Drawing on history, psychology, folklore, linguistics, anthropology, and the arts, this book challenges "wooden Indian" stereotypes to redefine negative attitudes and humorless approaches to Native American peoples. Moving from tribal culture to interethnic literature, Lincoln explores such topics as the traditional Trickster of origin myths, historical ironies, Euroamericans "playing Indian," feminist Indian humor at home, contemporary painters and playwrights reinventing Coyote, popular mixed-blood music, and Red English.
Lincoln turns to the texts of Native American authors including Louise Erdrich, James Welch, and N. Scott Momaday, to illustrate the rich tradition of Native American humor: a tradition that evolved as the result of and has survived in spite of a history of unconscionable suffering and sadness during the course of which ninety-seven percent of the native populations were destroyed. A study of the literary humor of poets like Paula Gunn Allen, Diane Burns, and Linda Hogan provides further evidence of the importance of the role of humor in Native American culture.
Indi'n Humor documents and interprets the contexts of laughter among Native Americans, as they see and are seen by the rest of the world. The study comes to focus comically on the poets, visual artists, playwrights, and novelists who make up the cultural renaissance of the past twenty years. Focusing on ethnic humor, from jokes in bars and powwows, to intercultural politics, to literature, Indi'n Humor will enlighten and entertain readers interested in Native American culture, as well as scholars of Amen can and Ethnic Studies, and humor theorists.

"An impressive work that covers an area long neglected by scholars....It will, without doubt, become the defining treatise on the subject for many decades to come....This study will take its place among the major works in cultural and humor studies."--Choice "Lincoln has covered the waterfront--several waterfronts--in putting together this comprehensive and exhaustive study of Indian humor. Far beyond a joke book or cultural exposition, this is a fine work to be read carefully--and many times-for its insightful display of the various kinds of Indian humor and satire."--Vine Deloria, Jr., author of Custer Died for Your Sins "Indi'n Humor is a major contribution both to contemporary cultural studies and to our understanding of Native American cultures and their peoples. A pioneering study, Indi'n Humor analyzes for the first time the five hundred year-old tradition of the intercultural genres of comedy peculiarly "Indian." This germinal study challenges American stereotypes of the Native American as passive, vanquished, sad victim. Impressive in its range, compelling in the subtlety of its analysis, this book is a major contribution to literary criticism, and to Native American studies."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University "This book is wondrous. Lincoln identifies and traces various aspects of the American Indian comic spirit by calling together multiple traditions and cultures as well as his own experiences and insights among Indian people. His innovative style and refreshingly clear prose make his study a sheer delight."--Greg Sarris, University of California, Los Angeles "A masterful and entertaining study....Singular in its field, ndi'n Humor offers a fund of sources and scholarship, and is a model for further ethnic and multidisciplinary studies. It's a bold and witty book."--Western American Literature "An impressive work that covers an area long neglected by scholars....It will, without doubt, become the defining treatise on the subject for many decades to come....This study will take its place among the major works in cultural and humor studies."--Choice "Lincoln has covered the waterfront--several waterfronts--in putting together this comprehensive and exhaustive study of Indian humor. Far beyond a joke book or cultural exposition, this is a fine work to be read carefully--and many times-for its insightful display of the various kinds of Indian humor and satire."--Vine Deloria, Jr., author of Custer Died for Your Sins "Indi'n Humor is a major contribution both to contemporary cultural studies and to our understanding of Native American cultures and their peoples. A pioneering study, Indi'n Humor analyzes for the first time the five hundred year-old tradition of the intercultural genres of comedy peculiarly "Indian." This germinal study challenges American stereotypes of the Native American as passive, vanquished, sad victim. Impressive in its range, compelling in the subtlety of its analysis, this book is a major contribution to literary criticism, and to Native American studies."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University "This book is wondrous. Lincoln identifies and traces various aspects of the American Indian comic spirit by calling together multiple traditions and cultures as well as his own experiences and insights among Indian people. His innovative style and refreshingly clear prose make his study a sheer delight."--Greg Sarris, University of California, Los Angeles "A masterful and entertaining study....Singular in its field, ndi'n Humor offers a fund of sources and scholarship, and is a model for further ethnic and multidisciplinary studies. It's a bold and witty book."--Western American Literature "[Lincoln's] book not only fills a significant void, it will take its place as a seminal interpretation of ethnic and humor behavior."--merican Studies "A vast portmanteau of a book...it contains sufficient stimulus for dozens of research articles....Admirable."--American Studies "Combining both postmodern self-reflexity and questioning of closure with a dearth of knowledge and scholarship, as well as a sense of humor "Indi'n" Humor is both inviting and powerful."--College Literature

(Pre)amblep. 3
Red/White Americanp. 21
Historical Slippagep. 58
Playing Indianp. 89
Old Tricks, New Twistsp. 120
Feminist Indi'nsp. 171
"Bring Her Home": Louise Erdrichp. 205
Red Gods, Blue Humors: James Welchp. 254
Comic Accommodations: Momaday and Normanp. 280
Codap. 309
Appendix A: Reservation Jokesp. 315
Appendix B: Teaching Indi'n Humorp. 323
Appendix C: Interview with Hanay Geiogamahp. 326
Notesp. 339
Selected Bibliographyp. 351
Humor and Joking of the American Indian: A Bibliographyp. 374
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780195068870
ISBN-10: 0195068874
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 27th May 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.67