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ERIC Number: EJ973273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3238
Tribes of Men: John Joseph Mathews and Indian Internationalism
Lutenski, Emily
Studies in American Indian Literatures, v24 n2 p39-64 Sum 2012
In this article, the author discusses John Joseph Mathews and Indian internationalism. As an old man, Osage intellectual, writer, and historian, John Joseph Mathews recalled his expatriation from the United States during the 1920s. After growing up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, seat of the Osage Nation, where he had been born in 1894 to a white mother and a banker father, one-quarter Osage, Mathews's travels began when he served as an aviator during World War I and spent part of his enlistment in Europe. When he describes his experiences, casually, and a little regretfully, he seems to imply that these experiences were not unique. His story parallels those of other modern expatriates, from Ernest Hemingway to Gertrude Stein to Claude McKay. But while his story echoes tropes of modernist travel and dislocation is clear, the way these tropes are inflected by Indian experiences of location seems opaque. A closer look at his experiences and narratives of expatriation, however, shows: Mathews's internationalism is not outside the frame of Osage experience. Instead, it is deeply informed by the particularities of Osage history and indigeneity. And while Osage land and history remains its center, when Mathews travels, both in his life and in his writing, he builds a new architecture of tribal identity; he extends the bonds of tribalism internationally, via gender. (Contains 3 figures and 12 notes.)
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