The GO-Road

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:
The GO-Road

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This chapter interrogates physical and spiritual training in Yurok Indian tribes in terms of its relationships with broader structures of colonial and postcolonial domination, focusing on federal bureaucratic culture rather than on the Yuroks, and introducing the “multi-sited” dialogical ethnography. It rests very largely on narratives and storytelling. Trait-based approaches to describing “a culture” are shown to be congruent with the objectification of the natural world as “resources.” These theoretical concerns are explored through examining “the GO-road case” of the 1970s and ‘80s, a legal conflict over Indian use of mountain training sites. In this case, which ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court in 1984, federally supported logging companies sought to confiscate public lands in the inland mountain region that provides the environment for the highest levels of indigenous spiritual training. The case ultimately tested Yuroks’ Constitutional claim to freedom of religion.

Keywords: Yurok; postcolonial domination; ethnography; GO-road case; freedom of religion

Chapter.  11965 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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