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Rethinking American Indian History

Edited by Donald Fixico

Writing from the Indian point of view is a central concern to historians today. Not only are new sources needed to understand native peoples, but new questions must be asked--questions based in a deep knowledge of the languages and cultures of Native Americans. The seven essays in this volume present innovative approaches to revising Indian history and understanding native peoples on their own terms.
In this book seven leading scholars address the complex challenges of understanding over 500 Indian tribes as they see themselves. In addition to general discussions of historiography, the contributors address such issues as writing the history of native women, understanding Indian people's relationship to the natural world, and conveying the role of native oral traditions. The contributors are James Axtell, William T. Hagan, Glenda Riley, Theda Purdue, Richard White, Angela Cavender Wilson, and the volume editor, Donald Fixico.

"A provocative contribution to the field."--Professor Margaret Connell Szasz.


Donald L. Fixico is director of the Indigenous Nations Studies Program and professor of history at the University of Kansas.


". . . this volume will prove especially useful to students . . . (it) provides ideas about alternative ways to approach and write Indian history in the decades to come."


Pacific Northwest Quarterly

". . . a first-rate and much needed primer for undergraduates and senior scholars alike . . . This is a highly useful collection of essays that should be read by anyone interested in Indian history . . . "


The Annals of Iowa

"The contributors to Rethinking American Indian History are a veritable 'who's who' of western and Indian history . . . Donald Fixico serves as editor par excellence, contributing a thorough introduction and an informative conclusion that synthesized the essays in a masterful manner. . . . Rethinking American Indian History is an important and insightful addition to the literature on American Indian history. Donald Fixico is to commended . . . This text will be required reading . . ."


North Dakota Quarterly

"One of the most valuable contributions of this book is its ability to illuminate problems inherent in historiographic records and monographs . . ."


New Mexico Historical Review

6 x 9 in. 152 pages