Native Authors

Thomas Buckley

in Standing Ground

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233584
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936447 | DOI:
Native Authors

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This chapter examines the works on native northwestern California written by local native authors in the twentieth century, and these works' relationships to non-Indian academic publications. In this regard, it surveys five books published by native northwestern Californian intellectuals between 1916 and 1994, which are interpreted as negotiating a variety of near-silences about genocide, non-native ethnographers, and spirituality. Such near-silences are imposed and are broken, through time, and the books have been locally accepted or rejected as a result of processes that parallel those shaping and reshaping academic texts by metropolitan intellectuals through time. Finally, the chapter indicates that native-authored history and ethnography get constructed in much the same way as academic anthropology and ethnohistory, through processes of negotiation that are shaped both by cumulative traditions and by the transient historical and political contexts within which they emerge.

Keywords: northwestern California; native authors; non-Indian publications; ethnography; anthropology; ethnohistory

Chapter.  8212 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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