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ERIC Number: EJ913013
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
Tatsey and the Enemy-Friend
Larson, Sidner
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v34 n4 p91-100 2010
The Native American Renaissance has generated a number of excellent discussions of tribal humor, including Vine Deloria's "Custer Died for Your Sins." In the book's pivotal chapter, "Indian Humor," Deloria reminds readers that humor is often simultaneously entertaining and an essential aspect of survival. These discussions of tribal humor are varied, ranging from analyses by and about American Indians such as Deloria; mainstream scholars attempting to locate Indians within the larger genre of humor; and postmodern texts such as movies, stand-up comedy, and television shows. Although many of them are yet to be reported, there are also important local and specific strands of tribal humor that serve to illustrate the rich diversity among various tribes. In this article, the author focuses on lesser-known aspects such as the Gros Ventre concept of "enemy-friend" and humorists such as John Tatsey, a Blackfeet man who was not only a tribal policeman in the Blackfeet community for many years but also wrote a regular column for the "Glacier County Reporter," a newspaper serving the Browning, Montana, community. (Contains 40 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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