Parution : Notes from a miner’s canary : essays on the state of Native America

Notes from a miner’s canary : essays on the state of Native America


  • Weaver, Jace (1957-….)

Résumé de l’éditeur

The title of this lively collection of Jace Weaver’s essays comes from Felix Cohen, the great authority on American Indian law: “The Indian plays much the same role in our American society that the Jews played in Germany. Like the miner’s canary, the Indian marks the shift from fresh air to poisonous gas in our political atmosphere; and our treatment of Indians, even more than our treatment of other minorities, marks the rise and fall of our democratic faith.” But the book goes far beyond the subject of law. The wide range of cultural references shows why the author is considered a leader in the field of Native American Studies. Beginning with a survey of the state of Native American Studies and ending with an assessment of literary theory, he also tackles environmentalism and environmental justice, NAGPRA, war tribunals, pilgrimage and migration, ethnography, food, architecture, ghost stories, identity, theory, and a few other lively subjects, including a splendid tribute to the towering significance of N. Scott Momaday.


  • Table of Contents p. viii-ix
  • Preface p. x-xviii
  • 1: More Light than Heat: The Current State of Native American Studies p. 1-22
  • 2: Notes from a Miner’s Canary: Natives and Environmental Justice p. 23-52
  • 3: Hope Is a Thing with Feathers: Indian as Icon p. 53-68
  • 4: The American Indian Land Case: Choctaw Nation v. Cherokee Nation p. 69-76
  • 5: NAGPRA and the Return of the Repressed p. 77-94
  • 6: Turtle Goes to War: Of Military Commissions, the Constitution, and American Indian Memory p. 95-216
  • 7: Pilgrimage Trails and Migration Traditions: Foregrounds and Backgrounds to the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 p. 217-246
  • 8: Of Trembling Gods and Moon-Eyed People: Ruminations on the Limits of Ethnography p. 247-274
  • 9: Telectroscopy: Searching for the Ancestral Puebloans p. 275-296
  • 10: When the Demons Come: (Retro)Spectacle among the Savages p. 297-312
  • 11: A Lantern to See By: Survivance and a Journey into the Dark Heart of Oklahoma p. 313-332
  • 12: The Adamant of Time: Native American Land, Architecture, and Ethics p. 333-352
  • 13: . . . But I’ll Give You My Chili Recipe p. 353-358
  • 14: Blackface, Redface, and the Yellow Peril p. 359-374
  • 15: The Mystery of Language: N. Scott Momaday, an Appreciation p. 375-384
  • 16: Empires, No Matter How Gained: Unmasking the Barbarism with a Human Face p. 385-392
  • 17: Not Bereft: A Story of Cherokee Survivance p. 393-406
  • Notes p. 407-438
  • Index p. 439-461

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press
  • Date de parution : 2010
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (XVII-461 p.) ; 23 cm
  • Contient : More light than heat : the current state of Native American studies. – Notes from a miner’s canary : natives and environmental justice. – Hope is a thing with feathers : Indian as icon. – The American Indian land case: Choctaw nation v. Cherokee nation. – NAGPRA and the return of the repressed. – Turtle goes to war : of military commissions, the Constitution, and American Indian memory. – Pilgrimage trails and migration traditions : foregrounds and backgrounds to the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan no. 2. – Of trembling gods and moon-eyed people : ruminations on the limits of ethnography. – Telectroscopy : searching for the ancestral Puebloans. – When the demons come : (retro)spectacle among the savages. – A lantern to see by : survivance and a journey into the dark heart of Oklahoma. – The adamant of time : Native American land, architecture, and ethics. – –but I’ll give you my chili recipe. – Blackface, redface, and the yellow peril. – The mystery of language : N. Scott Momaday, an appreciation. – Empires, no matter how gained : unmasking the barbarism with a human face. – Not bereft : a story of Cherokee survivance
  • Notes bibliogr. Index
  • ISBN 978-0-8263-4874-6 (br.). – 0-8263-4874-2 (br.)


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Olivier Jacquot (2020, 19 septembre). Parution : Notes from a miner’s canary : essays on the state of Native America. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 28 mai 2024, à l’adresse

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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