Southern Indians and Anthropologists

Culture, Politics, and Identity

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Pages: 160

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 04/01/2002

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2355-8

List Price: $24.95

Southern Indians and Anthropologists

Culture, Politics, and Identity

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Ranging in setting from a children's summer school program to a museum of history and culture to a fatherhood project, these eleven papers document some of the many ways in which anthropologists and Native Americans are striving to work together at higher levels of accountability, reciprocity, and mutual enrichment. The Native American groups discussed in the volume include the Yuchi of Oklahoma, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina, the Powhatans of Virginia, the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the Waccamaw Siouan community of coastal North Carolina.

The volume's contributors consider such issues as education, community development, funding, and the preservation of languages, sacred texts, oral traditions, and artifacts. At the same time, they offer personal insights into the pressures that can bear on working relationships between anthropologists and Native Americans. Not only must all concerned find a balance between their official and informal, individual and group selves, but Native Americans, especially, often feel caught between history and the present. One contributor, for instance, discusses the problems that arose from the discovery of Native American graves on land owned by the Cherokees--on the site of a planned casino parking lot.

The anthropological work discussed here suggests strong potential for continuing research partnerships. It also illustrates the potential benefits of such partnerships, for anthropologists and for Native Americans.

Betty Duggan

Brett Riggs

Donald Shannon

Frederic Gleach

Jason Jackson

Lisa J. Lefler

Louise Gopher

Margaret C. Bender

Patricia Barker Lerch

Russell G. Townsend

Susan E. Stans

Willard Walker

About the Author/Editor

Lisa J. Lefler (Editor)
LISA J. LEFLER is a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at Wake Forest University and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Western Carolina University. Her work in the Native American community currently focuses on wellness and healing, adolescence, and fatherhood.

Frederick W. Gleach (Editor)
FREDERIC W. GLEACH, visiting scholar at Cornell University, is a historical anthropologist working in North America, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. He is author of Powhatan's World and Colonial Virginia: A Conflict of Cultures.