the film's script, reviews in popular newspapers, scholarly critiques, and interviews with filmmakers and actors, Hearne privileges an Indigenous perspective, although she perhaps dismisses Alexie's critics, including Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, too quickly. Moreover, Hearne's work not only provides information about the film but also, as the series' editors hoped, opens "a portal to a deeper understanding of contemporary Indigenous people's lives" (xii). As Hearne demonstrates, Smoke Signals--and Native cinema more broadly--is not simply a series of images on a screen, but part of an active process of seeing, speaking, listening, and responding. Margaret Huettl, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Beth H. Piatote, Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature. New Haven: Yale UP, 2013. 234 pp. $45.00. In Domestic Subjects Beth H. Piatote presents an incisive analysis of works written by five Native authors in response to various federal policies--Canada's Indian Act, the Dawes General Allotment Act, the Burke Act--and legal decisions such as the Marshall Trilogy and Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock. She demonstrates the efficacy of tribal resistance in an era when "Indian wars [were] unremittingly wars waged upon Indian families" not by armed cavalrymen, but by field matrons, land surveyors, and boarding schools (56,
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
Published: May 10, 2014
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