Germans and Indians: Fantasies, Encounters, Projections (Paperback)
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Germans and Indians: Fantasies, Encounters, Projections (Paperback)

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Paperback 351 Pages / Published: 01/07/2002
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For over three hundred years, the Indian peoples of North America have attracted the interest of diverse segments of German society-missionaries, writers, playwrights, anthropologists, filmmakers, hobbyists and enthusiasts, and even royalty. Today, German scholars continue to be drawn to Indians, as is the German public: tour groups from Germany frequent Plains reservations in the summer, and so-called Indianerclubs, where participants dress up in "authentic" Indian costume, are common. In this fascinating volume, scholars and writers illuminate the longstanding connection between Germans and the Indians.

From a range of disciplines and occupations, the contributors probe the historical and cultural roots of the interactions between Germans and Indians and examine how such encounters have been represented in different media over the centuries. Particularly important are reflections and insights by modern Native American writers on this relationship. Of special concern is why such a connection has endured. As the contributors make clear, the encounters between Germans and Indians were also imagined, sometimes as fantasy, sometimes as projection, both resonating deeply with the cultural sensibilities and changing historical circumstances of Germans over the years.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803264205
Number of pages: 351
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The book is rich in historical background and literary examples of the alleged German-Indian affinity and provides an excellent source for further study in this field."-Kerstin Knopf, American Studies -- Kerstin Knopf * American Studies *
"The volume's contributions. . . . offer expert as well as non-expert readers rewarding insights and information. Especially refreshing are the close-up studies of colonial German immigrants and their relationship to other settlers and to Native American groups."-Harry Liebersohn, American Historial Review -- Harry Liebersohn * American Historical Review *
"Rarely does one encounter a book that is as difficult to evaluate in brief as it is fascinating to read. . . . Since no comparable study of encounters between Germans and Indians exists, this book addresses a major void in the history of trans-Atlantic interaction. . . . In addition to its ambitious scope, it also provides an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary literature. Because of its variegated array of academic vocabularies and methodologies, this book will command the attention of anyone interested in the contemporary resonance and history of the multifaceted encounters that have taken place between Germans and the indigenous peoples of North America since the seventeenth century."-Brian J. Boeck, H-Net Review -- Brian J. Boeck * H-New Review *

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