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ERIC Number: EJ841973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Notes from the Melting Pot: 463 Years after Cherokees Met DeSoto
Hausman, Blake M.
American Indian Quarterly, v27 n1-2 p233-239 Win-Spr 2003
In this essay, Hausman states that, for centuries, Indians were only important to academia if they were dead. From missionary ethnographers to cultural anthropologists, he claims, North America has been thoroughly raked by academics seeking an authentic representation of traditional life in this space. Yet many historians, who have shaped the future by shaping the past, have generally required their Native subjects to be dead, dying, or completely immobilized before they can be thoroughly identified, catalogued, and analyzed. When American Indians are incorporated into the multicultural stew that liberal academics tend to trumpet, parading through classrooms with an assumed mandate for "militant tolerance," the portrayal of their existence in North America continues to find ground somewhere other than North America. The United States' academia still generally thinks that Americans are from somewhere else, that things that are "from here" are inherently "from somewhere else" rather than "from here." In this article, the author discusses multiculturalism in American academia and how Americans perceive "diversity" as something created by migration that coexisted with the decimation of things Indigenous. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America; United States