By Pauline Turner Strong
This publication reexamines the Anglo-American literary style often called the “Indian captivity narrative” within the context of the complicated historic perform of captivity throughout cultural borders in colonial North the USA. This special and nuanced research of the connection among perform and illustration at the one hand, and identification and alterity at the different. it really is an incredible contribution to cultural reports, American reviews, local American stories, women’s stories, and historic anthropology.
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For recent analyses of these works, see Burnham 1997, Castiglia 1996, Ebersole 1995, and Namias 1993. 4. 1 have been influenced also by Jewett and Lawrence 1977 and by unpublished works of John Lawrence. 5. Indigenous wars of resistance include the resistance movements led by Opechancanough in Virginia in 1622 and 1644, Metacom's War of 1675-76 in New England, and Pontiac's War of 1763-64. 6. Although Gramsci developed the concept of cultural hegemony in connection with his analysis of the modem secular state, he applied the concept to certain precapitalist societies as well (1972:55-56,264).
The only source for this revealing Native representation of a first encounter with Europeans is a skeletal fragment of local history collected in the early nineteenth century by a traveler who reported that "a brook, called White Man's Brook, has its name from this event" (Simmons 1986:70). With the exception of its reference to captivity, this legend resembles a number of northeastern Algonquian legends that assimilate European ships to the powerful Thunderbird of indigenous cosmologies. 1 Northeastern North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, showing selected peoples, settlements, and sites of captivity.
19. My studies of typifications of otherness lead me to object to the practice current in some ethnographic discourse and literature of using the term Other for one's interlocutors in ethnographic research. Our awareness that anthropology as a discipline has tended to construct Others for Western purposes and Western audiences is hardly reason to adopt a vocabulary of opposition and alienation to describe (and worse, to structure) our ethnographic encounters. 20. Scholars have paid less attention to the typifications of dominant Others than to those of the dominated; but see Basso (1979), Braroe (1975), Lipps (1966), Ortiz (1972), and Taussig (1980,1993).