H-150. A History of Native American Books & Indigenous Sovereignty - Advance Reading List

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  • Preliminary Advices

    This list is in the order in which readings will be discussed in class. It is a lot. Two books to read entirely are Indigenous Intellectuals by Kiara Vigil and Research is Ceremony by Shawn Wilson. Most readings are either individual articles or chapters selected from larger works. In some instances, we have asked you to read the introduction and skim the body of the text rather than making specific selections.

    Under Recommended Reading we list readings that are directly relevant to the course but are a lower priority than the Required list.

  • Required Reading

    Day 1:

    Vigil, Kiara. Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and The American Imagination, 1880-1930. New York: Cambridge UP, 2015.

    Wilson, Shawn. Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood, 2008.

    Deloria, Philip J., et al. “Unfolding Futures: Indigenous Ways of Knowing for the Twenty-first Century.” Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 147 no. 2 (Spring 2018).

    Mt. Pleasant, Alyssa, et al. “Materials and Methods in Native American and Indigenous Studies: Completing the Turn.” William and Mary Quarterly 75 no. 2 (April 2018): 207-236.

    Wolfe, Patrick. “Settler colonialism and the Elimination of the Native.” Journal of Genocide Research, 8 no. 4 (2006): 387-409.

    McKee, Stuart. “How Print Culture Came to Be Indigenous.” Visible Language 44, no. 2 (May 1, 2010): 161-186. [Open access online journal]

    Delucia, Christine. Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast. New Haven: Yale UP, 2018. Read Introduction and Chapters 5 and 6.

    Jean M. O’Brien. Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Read: “Introduction: Indians Can Never Be Modern.” and “Chapter 4: Resisting: Claims in Texts about Indian Extinction Fail Even as They are Being Made.”

    Day 2:

    O’Connell, Barry. “Literacy and Colonization: The Case of the Cherokees.” In A History of the Book in America Volume 2: An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790-1840, edited by Robert A. Gross and Mary Kelley, 495-515. Reprint ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014.

    Brannon, Frank. “Metal Type from the Print Shop of the Historical Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 103, issue 3 (September 2009): 319-335.

    Justice, Daniel Heath. Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006. Worth reading in its entirety.

    Hudson, Angela Pulley. Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and a White Mormon Became Famous Indians. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2015. Also worth reading in its entirety.

    Leroy, Justin. “Black History in Occupied Territory: On the Entanglements of Slavery and Settler Colonialism.” Theory & Event 19, no. 4 (2016). Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/633276

    Hoxie, Fred. “The Winnemucca Rules: Sarah Winnemucca, Paiute.” This Indian Country: American Indian Political Activists and the Place They Made. New York: Penguin, 2012.

    Piatote, Beth H. Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature. Yale University Press, 2013. “Introduction” JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt32brf0.

    Deloria, Philip Joseph. “Representation.” In Indians in Unexpected Places, 52-109. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2004.

    Radus, Daniel. “Margaret Boyd’s Quillwork Histories.” Early American Literature 53, no. 2 (2018): 513-537. https://www.jstor.org/stable/90022201

    Wisecup, Kelly.  “‘Meteors, Ships, Etc.’: Native American Histories of Colonialism and Early American Archives.” American Literary History 30, issue 1 (1 January 2018): 29–54. https://doi.org/10.1093/alh/ajx046

    Hutchinson, Elizabeth. “From Pantheon to Indian Gallery: Art and Sovereignty on the Early Nineteenth-Century Cultural Frontier.” Journal of American Studies 47, issue 2 (May 2013): 313-337.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S002187581300008X

    Herring, Joseph B. “‘Selling the Noble Savage’ Myth: George Catlin and the Iowa Indians in Europe, 1843-1845.” Kansas History 29, no. 4 (Winter 2006): 226-245. https://www.kshs.org/publicat/history/2006winter_herring.pdf

    Day 3

    Estes, Nick. Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. London, New York: Verso, 2019. Read Prologue & Chapter 2 (1-23, 67-87).

    Calloway, Colin. One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. Read Prologue.

    Piatote, Beth H. Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature. Yale University Press, 2013. Read Chapter “Entangled Love: Marriage, Consent, and National Belonging in Works by E. Pauline Johnson and John M. Oskison.”

    Rosenthal, Nicolas G. “Settling into the City: American Indian Migration and Urbanization, 1900-1945.” In Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration & Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

    Hutchinson, Elizabeth. The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009. Chapter 1: “Unpacking the Indian Corner” and Chapter 5: “Angel DeCora’s Cultural Politics.”

    Vigil, Kiara. Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1880-1930. Read “Staging U.S. Indian history with Reel Indians: Luther Standing Bear, performativity, and cultural politics.”

    Piatote, Beth H. Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature. Yale University Press, 2013. Read “The Long Arm Of Lone Wolf: Disciplinary Paternalism and the Problem of Agency in D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded.”

    Day 4

    Philp, Kenneth R. “Stride toward Freedom: The Relocation of Indians to Cities, 1952-1960.” The Western Historical Quarterly 16, no. 2 (1985): 175–190. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/969660.

    Fixico, Donald L. Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945-1960. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1986. Read Introduction and skim the rest.

    James B. LaGrand. Indian Metropolis: Native Americans in Chicago, 1945-75. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002. Read Introduction and skim the rest.

    American Indian Urban Relocation at National Archives https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/indian-relocation.html

    Smith, Paul Chaat, and Robert Allen Warrior. Like a Hurricane: the Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. New York: New Press, 1996. Read Introduction and skim the rest.

    Nakamura, Lisa. “Indigenous Circuits: Navajo Women and the Racialization of Early Electronic Manufacture.” American Quarterly 66, no. 4 (2014): 919-41. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/aq.2014.0070

     Ramirez, Renya K. Native Hubs: Culture, Community, and Belonging in Silicon Valley and Beyond. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007. Read Introduction and skim the rest.

     Hoxie, Fred. This Indian Country: American Indian Political Activists and the Place They Made. New York: Penguin, 2012. Read “Indian American or American Indian? Vine Deloria, Jr., Sioux.”

    Womack, Craig S., Daniel Heath Justice, and Christopher B. Teuton, eds. Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008. Read Introduction and skim the rest.

    “Keep America Beautiful” aka “Crying Indian PSA” starring Iron Eyes Cody, 1971. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=exEUZS6bH3w

    Rosaldo, Renato. “Imperialist Nostalgia.” Representations 26 (1989): 107–22.  www.jstor.org/stable/2928525

     Day 5

    Duarte, Marisa. Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet Across Indian Country. Introduction & Chapter 1: “Network Thinking” p. 3-25.

    Cassandra, Hradil. “Interactivity, Indigeneity, and the Digital Imaginary.” Amherst College Honors Thesis, 2017. http://indigenousimaginary.com

    Idle No More. http://www.idlenomore.ca/

    “Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honour Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water.”

  • Recommended Reading

    Brannon, Frank. “Metal Type from the Print Shop of the Historical Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 103:3 (September 2009): 319–335.

    Clay, Steven and Rodney Phillips. A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing, 1960–1980: A Sourcebook of Information. New York: New York Public Library; Granary Books, 1998.

    * Deloria, Philip J. Indians in Unexpected Places. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2004. Read the “Introduction” and “Technology” chapters in particular.

    Dillon, Grace L. Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2012.

    Emerson, Lori. Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

    Fixico, Donald L. Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945–1960. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1986. Ebook available via ACLS Humanities Ebooks: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=acls;idno=heb03752.

    Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2006. First published in 1972, this book is an essential guide to the materials and mechanics of printing technology as it emerged in Western Europe from the mid-fifteenth century up to 1950. Copies will be on hand in the classroom for reference.

    Herring, Joseph B. “Selling the Noble Savage Myth: George Catlin and the Iowa Indians in Europe, 1843–1845.” Kansas History 29:4 (Winter 2006): 226–245.

    Hoxie, Fred. This Indian Country: American Indian Political Activists and the Place They Made. New York: Penguin, 2012.

    * Hradil, Cassandra. “Interactivity, Indigeneity, and the Digital Imaginary.” Amherst College Honors Thesis, 2017. http://indigenousimaginary.com.

    Hutchinson, Elizabeth. “From Pantheon to Indian Gallery: Art and Sovereignty on the Early Nineteenth-Century Cultural Frontier.” Journal of American Studies 47:2 (May 2013): 313–337.

    * Hutchinson, Elizabeth. The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890–1915. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009. Chapters 1 and 5 in particular.

    Igloliorte, Heather, Julie Nagam, and Carla Taunton, eds. Public 54: Indigenous Art: New Media and the Digital.

    * Justice, Daniel Heath. Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.

    Konkle, Maureen. Writing Indian Nations: Native Intellectuals and the Politics of Historiography, 1827–1863. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

    * Lewis, Jason Edward. “Preparations for a Haunting: Notes toward an Indigenous Future Imaginary.” In The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age, edited by Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Christine Ross, Jonathan Sterne, and Tamar Tembeck, 229–49. Electronic Mediations: 51. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

    Loft, Steven and Kerry Swanson, eds. Coded Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: University of Calgary Press, 2014.

    * McKee, Stuart. “How Print Culture Came to Be Indigenous.” Visible Language 44:2 (1 May 2010): 161–186.

    * O’Brien, Jean. Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Introduction in particular.

    * Piatote, Beth H. Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature. Yale University Press, 2013.

    Radus, Daniel. “Margaret Boyd’s Quillwork Histories.” Early American Literature (forthcoming 2018).

    Roanhorse, Rebecca et al. “Decolonizing Science Fiction And Imagining Futures: An Indigenous Futurisms Roundtable.” Strange Horizons (30 January 2017).

    Rosenthal, Nicolas G. Reimagining Indian Country: Native American Migration & Identity in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012.

    Smith, Paul Chaat and Robert Allen Warrior. Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. New York: New Press, 1996.

    Townsend, Melanie A., Dana Claxton, and Steve Loft. Transference, Tradition, Technology: Native New Media Exploring Visual & Digital Culture. Banff, Alta.: Walter Phillips Gallery Editions, 2005.

    2Bears, Jackson. “A Conversation with Spirits Inside the Simulation of a Coast Salish Longhouse.” CTheory (29 April 2010).

    * Vigil, Kiara. Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1880–1930. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

    Vizenor, Gerald. “Edward Curtis: Photography and Disanalogy.” In Visual Representations of Native Americans: Transnational Contexts and Perspectives, edited by Karsten Fitz. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter, 2012.

    * Wisecup, Kelly. ““Meteors, Ships, Etc.” Native American Histories of Colonialism and Early American Archives.” American Literary History 30:1 (1 January 2018): 29–54.

    Womack, Craig S., Daniel Heath Justice, and Christopher B. Teuton, eds. Reasoning Together: The Native Critics Collective. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008.

  • General/Reference Works on Native American History and Literature

    Round, Phillip. Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

    The History of the Book in America, a five-volume set edited by David Hall and published by University of North Carolina Press, is a vast repository of information on the Anglo-American book from the colonial era to the close of the 21st century.  The entire set is useful, but these selections relate to individual class sessions:

    Volume 1: The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World: Hall, David. “Introduction.” p. 1-25. Amory, Hugh. “Chapter 1: Reinventing the Colonial Book.” p. 26-54.

    Volume 2: An Extensive Republic: Print, Culture, and Society in the New Nation, 1790-1840 Gross, Robert A. “Introduction: An Extensive Republic.” p. 1-50.O’Connell, Barry. “Literacy and Colonization: The Case of the Cherokees.”

    Volume 3: The Industrial Book, 1840-1880 Casper, Scott E. “Introduction.” p. 1-39.

    Volume 4: Print in Motion: The Expansion of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1940. Kaestle, Carl F. and Janice A. Radway. “A Framework for the History of Publishing and Reading in the United States, 1880-1940.” p. 7-21. Ohmann, Richard. “Diverging Paths: Books and Magazines in the Transition to Corporate Capitalism.” p. 102-115. Benton, Megan. “Unruly Servants: Machines, Modernity, and the Printed Page.” p. 151-169. Garvey, Ellen Gruber. “Ambivalent Advertising: Books, Prestige, and the Circulation of Publicity.” p. 170–190.

    Volume 5: The Enduring Book, Print Culture in Postwar America Schudson, Michael. “General Introduction: The Enduring Book in a Multimedia Age.” p. 1-22. Luey, Beth. “The Organization of the Book Publishing Industry.” p. 29-54. Danky, James P. “The Oppositional Press.” p. 269-285. Rubin, Joan Shelley. “The Enduring Reader.” p. 412-431.

    Philip Gaskell. A New Introduction to Bibliography. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2006. First published in 1972, this book is an essential guide to the materials and mechanics of printing technology as it emerged in Western Europe from the mid-fifteenth century up to 1950.