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WE ARE AN INDIAN NATION

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WE ARE AN INDIAN NATION
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Though not as well known as the U.S. military campaigns against the Apache, the ethnic warfare conducted against indigenous people of the Southern Colorado River Basin was equally devastating. In less than twenty-five years after first encountering Anglos, the Hualapais had lost more than half their population and nearly all their land and found themselves consigned to a reservation. This book focuses on the historical construction of the Hualapai Nation in the face of modern American colonialism. Drawing on archival research, interviews, and participant observation, Jeffrey Shepherd describes how thirteen bands of extended families known as The Pai confronted American colonialism and in the process recast themselves as a modern Indigenous nation. Shepherd shows that Hualapai nation-building was a complex process shaped by band identities, competing visions of the past, creative reactions to modernity, and resistance to state power. He analyzes how the Hualapais transformed an externally imposed tribal identity through nationalist discourses of protecting aboriginal territory; and he examines how that discourse strengthened the Hualapais' claim to land and water while simultaneously reifying a politicized version of their own history. Along the way, he sheds new light on familiar topics--Indian-white conflict, the creation of tribal government, wage labor, federal policy, and Native activism--by applying theories of race, space, historical memory, and decolonization. Drawing on recent work in American Indian history and Native American studies, Shepherd shows how the Hualapai have strived to reclaim a distinct identity and culture in the face of ongoing colonialism. We Are an Indian Nation is grounded in Hualapai voices and agendas while simultaneously situating their history into the larger tapestry of Native peoples' confrontations with colonialism and modernity.
Release date Australia
April 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
10 b/w photographs, 2 maps
Imprint
University of Arizona Press
Pages
304
Dimensions
152x229x33
ISBN-13
9780816528288
Product ID
3999471

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