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I Am Not An Indian

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003334/00001

Material Information

Title: I Am Not An Indian Combating Contrived American Indian Identities
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Backus, Ena
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2004
Publication Date: 2004

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Native American
American Indian
Alexie, Sherman
Young Bear, Ray A.
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: My thesis aims to explore the American Indian identity contrived by the dominant Euro-American culture in opposition to actual American Indian experience. By working through the history of contrived American Indian identities as well as attending to the methods of creation, my thesis attempts to illustrate how the Indian as popularly conceived in the United States is a work of Euro-American fiction. By comparing this fiction with the realities of American Indian actuality as expressed through the poetry of Sherman Alexie and Ray A. Young Bear, my hope is to engage readers in questioning what voices and representations are indeed authentic. By claiming the English language as their own, Alexie and Young Bear combat misconceived American Indian identities and reclaim American Indian identity. With wicked humor, lyrical portraits of tribal life, and careful custodianship of culture, these authors demonstrate the error in presuming to know an identity based upon Euro- American fabrications; the American Indian identity as defined by Alexie and Young Bear is unknowable to Euro-American readers. This thesis also finds within the poetry of Alexie and Young Bear, a connection between the ownership and control of land and that of a cultural identity. This form of control acts alongside the past control of American Indian ethnicity through the spilling of blood, and the current trends of quantifying American Indian ethnicity through the blood. Although the United States dictates the political relationship with Native America, American Indian identity, as written by Sherman Alexie and Ray A. Young Bear, is not something that can be assumed and manipulated at the convenience of Euro-America.
Statement of Responsibility: by Ena Backus
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2004
Supplements: Accompanying materials: Cover photo.
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Wallace, Miriam

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2004 B1
System ID: NCFE003334:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003334/00001

Material Information

Title: I Am Not An Indian Combating Contrived American Indian Identities
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Backus, Ena
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2004
Publication Date: 2004

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Native American
American Indian
Alexie, Sherman
Young Bear, Ray A.
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: My thesis aims to explore the American Indian identity contrived by the dominant Euro-American culture in opposition to actual American Indian experience. By working through the history of contrived American Indian identities as well as attending to the methods of creation, my thesis attempts to illustrate how the Indian as popularly conceived in the United States is a work of Euro-American fiction. By comparing this fiction with the realities of American Indian actuality as expressed through the poetry of Sherman Alexie and Ray A. Young Bear, my hope is to engage readers in questioning what voices and representations are indeed authentic. By claiming the English language as their own, Alexie and Young Bear combat misconceived American Indian identities and reclaim American Indian identity. With wicked humor, lyrical portraits of tribal life, and careful custodianship of culture, these authors demonstrate the error in presuming to know an identity based upon Euro- American fabrications; the American Indian identity as defined by Alexie and Young Bear is unknowable to Euro-American readers. This thesis also finds within the poetry of Alexie and Young Bear, a connection between the ownership and control of land and that of a cultural identity. This form of control acts alongside the past control of American Indian ethnicity through the spilling of blood, and the current trends of quantifying American Indian ethnicity through the blood. Although the United States dictates the political relationship with Native America, American Indian identity, as written by Sherman Alexie and Ray A. Young Bear, is not something that can be assumed and manipulated at the convenience of Euro-America.
Statement of Responsibility: by Ena Backus
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2004
Supplements: Accompanying materials: Cover photo.
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Wallace, Miriam

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2004 B1
System ID: NCFE003334:00001

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