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Wielding Words like Weapons is a collection of acclaimed American Indian Movement activist-intellectual Ward Churchills essays in indigenism, selected from material written during the decade 19952005. It includes a range of formats, from sharply framed book reviews and equally pointed polemics and op-eds to more formal essays designed to reach both scholarly and popular audiences. The selection also represents the broad range of topics addressed in Churchills scholarship, including the fallacies of archeological and anthropological orthodoxy such as the insistence of cannibalogists that American Indians were traditionally maneaters, Hollywoods cinematic degradations of native people, questions of American Indian identity, the historical and ongoing genocide of North Americas native peoples, and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.
Less typical of Churchills oeuvre are the essays commemorating Cherokee anthropologist Robert K. Thomas and Yankton Sioux legal scholar and theologian Vine Deloria Jr. More unusual still is his profoundly personal effort to come to grips with the life and death of his late wife, Leah Renae Kelly, thereby illuminating in very human terms the grim and lasting effects of Canadas residential schools upon the countrys indigenous peoples.
A foreword by Seneca historian Barbara Alice Mann describes the sustained efforts by police and intelligence agencies as well as university administrators and other academic adversaries to discredit or otherwise neutralize both the man and his work. Also included are both the initial stream-of-consciousness version of Churchills famousor notoriouslittle Eichmanns opinion piece analyzing the causes of the attacks on 9/11, as well as the counterpart essay in which his argument was fully developed.
- ISBN: 9781629631011