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Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI (William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere (Paperback))


Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI (William and Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere (Paperback))

From Sherman Alexie’s films to the poetry and fiction of Louise Erdrich and Leslie Marmon Silko to the paintings of Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and the sculpture of Edgar Heap of Birds, Native American movies, literature, and art have become increasingly influential, garnering critical praise and enjoying mainstream popularity. Recognizing that the time has come for a critical assessment of this exceptional artistic output and its significance to American Indian and American issues, Dean Rader offers the first interdisciplinary examination of how American Indian artists, filmmakers, and writers tell their own stories.

Beginning with rarely seen photographs, documents, and paintings from the Alcatraz Occupation in 1969 and closing with an innovative reading of the National Museum of the American Indian, Rader initiates a conversation about how Native Americans have turned to artistic expression as a means of articulating cultural sovereignty, autonomy, and survival. Focusing on figures such as author/director Sherman Alexie (Flight, Face, and Smoke Signals), artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, director Chris Eyre (Skins), author Louise Erdrich (Jacklight, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse), sculptor Edgar Heap of Birds, novelist Leslie Marmon Silko, sculptor Allen Houser, filmmaker and actress Valerie Red Horse, and other writers including Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and David Treuer, Rader shows how these artists use aesthetic expression as a means of both engagement with and resistance to the dominant U.S. culture. Raising a constellation of new questions about Native cultural production, Rader greatly increases our understanding of what aesthetic modes of resistance can accomplish that legal or political actions cannot, as well as why Native peoples are turning to creative forms of resistance to assert deeply held ethical values.

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  1. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    Engaging? Brilliant!, July 18, 2011
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    Written by one of the first scholars and commentator’s on popular culture to take an in-depth look at recent Native American art, literature, and film, //Engaged Resistance// is a big, brilliant book, full of color film clips, photographs, and art reproductions, as well as excerpts from novels, poetry, and films that both participate in the dominant American culture, and at the same time push against the assimilation and erasure of Indian culture. It’s a book packed with descriptions and analyses of figures like filmmaker Sherman Alexie, best-selling novelist Louise Erdrich and many other lesser known figures, like LeAnne Howe, Edgar Heap of Birds, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, and Chris Eyre. An English professor at the University of San Francisco and a native Oklahoman, Rader explores the ways natives assert their own sovereignty on cultural issues, skirting the historical and legal options that have in large part failed to preserve their culture or give them a voice. With a chapter devoted to the impressive new National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.,//Engaged Resistance//moves across genres, using what Rader calls the “compositional resistance” of mixed genres and blurred boundaries to demonstrate yet another way of resisting erasure and assimilation.

    Reviewed by Zara Raab

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    Five Stars, February 10, 2015
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    great photos and information in this book, though is not a novel. Fast shipping and came as described

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