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Author: Louis Owens
Publisher: Norman : Red River Books, University of Oklahoma Press, 2001 printing.
Series: American Indian literature and critical studies series, v. 26.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : Red River books edView all editions and formats
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In this challenging and often humorous book, Louis Owens examines issues of Indian identity and relationship to the environment as depicted in literature and film and as embodied in his own mixedblood roots in family and land. Powerful social and historical forces, he maintains, conspire to colonize literature and film by and about Native Americans into a safe "Indian Territory" that will contain and neutralize  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Owens
ISBN: 0806133813 9780806133812
OCLC Number: 46731163
Notes: Originally published: ©1998.
Description: xvi, 263 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Columbus had it coming: Crossbloods, crossreading, and cultural survival --
Beads and buckskin: Reading Native American literature --
Mapping the mixedblood: Frontier and territory in Native America --
Multicultural tourism: Native American literature, canon, and campus --
"The song is very short": Native American literature and literary theory --
Through an amber glass: Chief Doom and the Native American novel today --
"Grining Aboriginal demons": Gerald Visenor's Bearheart and the end of tragedy --
The inventiton of John Wayne --
Apocalypse at the two-socks hop: Dancing with the vanishing American --
Blood trails: Missing grandmothers and making worlds --
Motion of fire and form --
Water witch --
Shared blood --
Mapping, naming, and the power of words --
Burnig the shelter --
"Everywhere there was life": How Native Americans can save the world.
Series Title: American Indian literature and critical studies series, v. 26.
Responsibility: by Louis Owens.

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In this challenging and often humorous book, Louis Owens examines issues of Indian identity and relationship to the environment as depicted in literature and film and as embodied in his own mixedblood roots in family and land. Powerful social and historical forces, he maintains, conspire to colonize literature and film by and about Native Americans into a safe "Indian Territory" that will contain and neutralize Indians. Countering this colonial "Territory" is what Owens defines as "Frontier," a dynamic, uncontainable, multi-directional space within which cultures meet and even merge. Owens offers new insights into the works of Indian writers ranging from John Rollin Ridge, Mourning Dove, and D'Arcy McNickle to N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Silko, James Welch, and Gerald Vizenor. In his analysis of Indians in film he scrutinizes distortions of Indians as victims or vanishing Americans in a series of John Wayne movies and in the politically correct but false gestures of the more recent Dances With Wolves. As Owens moves through his personal landscape in Oklahoma, Mississippi, California, and New Mexico, he questions how human beings collectively can alter their disastrous relationship with the natural world before they destroy it. He challenges all of us to articulate, through literature and other means, messages of personal and environmental -- as well as cultural--survival, and to explore and share these messages by writing and reading across cultural boundaries.

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