Challenges of Native
Americans Studies

Essays in Celebration of the Twenty-
Fifth American Indian Workshop

Edited By Barbara Saunders & Lea Zuyderhoudt
June 2004
Leuven University Press
ISBN: 9058673790
338 pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$77.50 Paper Original

The Essays gathered in this volume celebrate the founding of the American Indian Workshop (AIW) twenty-five years ago as a European forum for Native American studies. The editors present this collection of essays in the context of ongoing debates on the interlaced and interlocking arena of Native American studies and its complicated relation with Native Americans themselves.

These debates tie in with such questions as: can Native American studies shake off its past and deal with the complexity of political and academic issues in the present? Why, by whom and for who is research conducted within this domain and who decides what the next step should be? Responses to these questions have differed and frequently charged discussions.

Responding to native American voices. American Indian workshop origin myth & allied relations. Beyond neo-liberal relativism. Totem poles & contemporary tourism. Reconfiguring gender in contemporary urban powwows. Indians as mascots. Legacy of Franz Boas. Weaving culture in southwestern Alaska. Inuit in modern society. Blackfoot history. George Catlin's account of the O-kee-pa. Pawnee rites of human sacrifice in American popular fiction. Rock Saline--a Pawnee sacred place. Faces of Sarah Winnemucca. Crazy Horse's shield. Native Americans in unexpected places. Plains Indians. LeAnne Howe's Shell Shaker (2001). A Choctaw story. Contributors.


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