A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History (Hardback)
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A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History (Hardback)

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Hardback 258 Pages / Published: 25/02/2002
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A Forest of Time, first published in 2002, is the first introduction for undergraduates, graduates and general readers to the notion that American Indian societies had vital interests in interpreting and transmitting their own histories in their own ways, for themselves. Drawing upon his own varied research as well as sampling the latest in scholarship from ethnohistory, anthropology, folklore and Indian studies, Dr Nabokov offers dramatic examples of how native peoples also put rituals and material culture, landscape, prophecies, and even the English language to the urgent service of keeping the past alive and relevant. Throughout these lively chapters, we also witness the American Indian historical imagination deployed as a coping skill and survival strategy. This book surveys the latest integrating ideas while offering a useful bibliography that opens up, and demands that we engage with, alternative chronicles for America's multi-cultural past.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521560245
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... marvelous ... The significance of this book ... in its intelligent synthesis, and elaboration, of a culturally oriented ethnohistory ...'. Michael E. Harkin, Ethnos
"[Nabokov] thoroughly weaves his vast experiences among Native Americans into his narrative to illustrate and validate the points he makes. The author also deftly navigates the maze of historical, folkloric, and anthropological literature to build his case. A Forest of Time is an important book that convincingly argues just how differently Indian people conceptualize, interpret, use, and integrate history into individual and group identity. As such, this book will be of general interest to scholars, students, and Native American history buffs." Historian
"Elegantly written, Nabokov's study of American Indians' practice of history is a feast for those interested in the nature of history itself." American Literature
"This multidisciplinary intellectual history describes the many ways that individual Native American groups have defined their histories for their own purposes. By bringing these varying Native perspectives to the fore, Nabokov has performed a service that will only enrich future research into the history of Native American groups. This path-breaking work is highly recommended for all academic libraries and should be strongly considered by public libraries as well." Library Journal
"Nabokov thoroughly and sympathetically surveys the results of [Native American] scholarly endeavors. He is an excellent guide to the diverse and changing trends in the various fields of anthropology as applied to American Indians... Nabokov's evenhanded survey is a useful guide to those who want to look further into American Indians' strange and lovely habits of thought about their past." Los Angeles Times
"This elegant and fascinating study of American Indian forms of historical consciousness will interest any one who has wondered about the varieties of historical experience and the permutations of memory." Arthur Schlesinger
"This elegant and fascinating study of American Indian forms of historical consciousness will interest any one who has wondered about the varieties of historical experience and the permutations of memory." Arthur Schlesinger
"A Forest of Time is a superbly written and essential corrective to that great sea of bad history and bad faith generated about 'Indians' since colonial times. Peter Nabokov writes with brilliance, insight, eloquence, precision, and tact. The result is an extraordinary book, one I wish every reader in America would take to heart." Louis Owens, University of California, Davis
"A Forest of Time is a superbly written and essential corrective to that great sea of bad history and bad faith generated about 'Indians' since colonial times. Peter Nabokov writes with brilliance, insight, eloquence, precision, and tact. The result is an extraordinary book, one I wish every reader in America would take to heart." Louis Owens, University of California, Davis
"[Nabokov] has drawn on decades of his own research and recent findings in ethnohistory, anthropology, folklore, and Indian studies. The result is an impressive work of transdisciplinary scholarship exploring the complex and varied ways in which American Indian societies make sense of the past." Books & Culture
"...the author offers a stimulating catalogue of storytelling. Without compromising the narrative prose, he presents a systematic and scholarly treatment of the subject." Canadian Journal of Archaeology

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