Playing Indian

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Since even before the Boston Tea Party, white people have been “playing Indian.”  Deloria chronicles and analyzes the the “wannabe” movement.

 

Ever since the advent of colonialism in the “new world,” even before the Boston Tea Party, white people have been “playing Indian.” Here, Deloria chronicles and analyzes the history of the “wannabe” movement: white people who imagined and acted out Indian societies in literature, in secret societies such as Tammany and Cayuga-Wolf all-white “tribes,” public societies such as the Boy Scouts of America, within the hippie movement, Deadheads, and modern New Agers who continue to appropriate Indian cultures and spiritual practices. Cultural historian Deloria is nothing if he’s not provocative, and he’s inherited from his father a razor-sharp wit and a gift for telling a good story. And some of the black-and-white photos, like Frank Hamilton Cushing in Zuni garb, are priceless.

 

 

Author: Philip J. Deloria (Lakota)

Illustrations: Black and white photos

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1998

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Lakota, Various U.S. tribes