Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940

Paperback | September 15, 2002

bySherry L. Smith

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Reimagining Indians investigates a group of Anglo-American writers whose books about Native Americans helped reshape Americans' understanding of Indian peoples at the turn of the twentieth century. Hailing from the Eastern United States, these men and women traveled to the American West anddiscovered "exotics" in their midst. Drawn to Indian cultures as alternatives to what they found distasteful about modern American culture, these writers produced a body of work that celebrates Indian cultures, religions, artistry, and simple humanity. Although these writers were not academically trained ethnographers, their books represent popular versions of ethnography. In revealing their own doubts about the superiority of European-American culture, they sought to provide a favorable climate for Indian cultural survival in a worldindisputably dominated by non-Indians. They also encouraged notions of cultural relativism, pluralism, and tolerance in American thought. For the historian and general reader alike, this volume speaks to broad themes of American cultural history, Native American history, and the history of theAmerican West.

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Reimagining Indians investigates a group of Anglo-American writers whose books about Native Americans helped reshape Americans' understanding of Indian peoples at the turn of the twentieth century. Hailing from the Eastern United States, these men and women traveled to the American West anddiscovered "exotics" in their midst. Drawn ...

Sherry L. Smith is Professor of History at Southern Methodist University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.98 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195157273

ISBN - 13:9780195157277

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A welcome addition to prairie scholarship"--Books for the Western Library