American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and by Eric Gary Anderson

By Eric Gary Anderson

Culture-to-culture encounters among "natives" and "aliens" have long past on for hundreds of years within the American Southwest—among American Indian tribes, among American Indians and Euro-Americans, or even, based on a few, among people and extraterrestrials at Roswell, New Mexico. Drawing on a variety of cultural productions together with novels, movies, work, comedian strips, and historic stories, this groundbreaking publication explores the Southwest as either a true and a culturally developed website of migration and come upon, within which the very identities of "alien" and "native" shift with each one act of travel.

Eric Anderson pursues his inquiry via an exceptional variety of cultural texts. those contain the Roswell spacecraft myths, Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, Wendy Rose's poetry, the outlaw narratives of Billy the child, Apache autobiographies by way of Geronimo and Jason Betzinez, work via Georgia O'Keeffe, New West background through Patricia Nelson Limerick, Frank Norris' McTeague, Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain, Sarah Winnemucca's Life one of the Piutes, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, George Herriman's modernist caricature Krazy Kat, and A. A. Carr's Navajo-vampire novel Eye Killers.

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Scott Momaday and Silko describe the repercussions of protagonists’ traumatic experiences overseas in World War II; Abel and Tayo (as well as Momaday’s Set) also travel to and from tribal home places, often carrying with them a sense of disconnectedness from much of what ‘‘home’’ signifies; Zitkala-S˘a retells the experience of journeying away from home to Indian boarding school; Jason Betzinez writes of the Warm Springs Apaches’ ‘‘wandering kind of life’’ (29) and travels often even after his assimilation into Euro-American culture; Ella pg 21 # 5 Name /T0201/T0201_CH01 10/01/01 06:10AM Plate # 0-Composite 22 American Indian Literature and the Southwest Deloria’s Waterlily begins with a journey from one camp to the next; characters in the fiction of Sherman Alexie, A.

Centers and borders alike are constantly shifting transcultural constructions created out of mobility and maintained as provisionally ‘‘open’’ cities and boundaries, however vexed these encounters and however policed these ephemeral borders. But it is also clear that few of these migratory cultures have met with as much hostility from other, competing migratory cultures as have American Indians since 1492. These tangled, entangling migrations against each other, as recorded and critiqued in latenineteenth- and twentieth-century Euro-American and Indian texts of a variety of forms and media, constitute the subject of this book.

Calloway distinguishes between native migration stories, which ‘‘explained how they came to be where they were’’ (135), and the gradual formation of cultural identities that link and root Indians to particular places. In part, Calloway (like various other Euro-American historians and anthropologists) attempts to reconstruct a poetics of tribal life in ‘‘the world of the Indian peoples before the arrival of Columbus,’’ to quote the subtitle to Alvin M. Josephy’s America in 1492. This reconstruction is difficult to accomplish, for obvious reasons.

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