The Politics of Native Culture

Kirk Dombrowski

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Native people in the United States reside in a specific political-economic and politicallegal niche that critically differentiates them from non-Indians: claims to land-based resources that are rooted in related claims to distinct native cultures. It is cultural difference from the mainstream that serves to justify indigenous rights, but this is by no means an inevitable basis for claiming rights, and has readily apparent ''normalizing'' effects upon native ways of living and thinking. Using an example from Alaska, this chapter considers how the necessity that an Indian people ''have'' a (distinct) culture affects their relationships to their own communities, histories, and futures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)0631226869, 9780631226864
StatePublished - Nov 30 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Equipment
  • Federal government
  • Industry
  • Native americans
  • Native culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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