By Eric Gary Anderson
Culture-to-culture encounters among "natives" and "aliens" have long gone on for hundreds of years within the American Southwest—among American Indian tribes, among American Indians and Euro-Americans, or even, based on a few, among people and extraterrestrials at Roswell, New Mexico. Drawing on quite a lot of cultural productions together with novels, motion pictures, work, comedian strips, and historic stories, this groundbreaking ebook explores the Southwest as either a true and a culturally built web site of migration and come across, during which the very identities of "alien" and "native" shift with each one act of travel.
Eric Anderson pursues his inquiry via an unheard of diversity of cultural texts. those contain the Roswell spacecraft myths, Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead, Wendy Rose's poetry, the outlaw narratives of Billy the child, Apache autobiographies through Geronimo and Jason Betzinez, work by way of Georgia O'Keeffe, New West historical past by way of Patricia Nelson Limerick, Frank Norris' McTeague, Mary Austin's The Land of Little Rain, Sarah Winnemucca's Life one of the Piutes, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, George Herriman's modernist caricature Krazy Kat, and A. A. Carr's Navajo-vampire novel Eye Killers.
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Extra resources for American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions
In Place and Vision, Robert M. Nelson discusses some of these questions as he methodically details where Tayo goes and how the novel moves through a secular and sacred geography; Nelson explains why people, places, and stories interconnect as they do. Clearly, Ceremony has a great deal to do with movement, and this movement to some extent brings people, places, and texts closer to each other. In other ways, the book critiques this vague ideal of cultural harmony, particularly by moving farther and farther away from strictly Euro-American characters and designs as it gets deeper into a ceremony that urges ‘‘no boundaries, only transitions’’ (Silko, Ceremony, 246).
Similarly, Silko makes a variety of complex connections between selves and places; like Allen, Silko values the confluences and enters into them actively. Typically, she articulates the intricacy of her sense pg 32 # 16 Name /T0201/T0201_CH01 10/01/01 06:10AM Plate # 0-Composite Mobile Homes: Migration and Resistance 33 of self by locating it spatially and textually: to think about who she is, Silko tells stories about where she has been, where she is, and how she gets there. For both Allen and Silko, travelers bring stories, travelers are stories, and stories travel.
It is also clear from a variety of Indian and non-Indian sources that this continent was crisscrossed with pathways that brought tribes richly, productively, and frequently into contact with each other. And they still do. Rose is one example, and, as Patricia Clark Smith points out, Harjo is another: Harjo’s ‘‘work traces the modern Pan-Indian trails criss-crossing the country, no longer trade routes in the old way, but circuits—the pow-wow circuit, the academic-feminist lecture circuit, the poetry-reading circuit.