Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature by Beth H. Piatote (review)

Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature by Beth H. Piatote... 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, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Western American Literature The Western Literature Association

Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature by Beth H. Piatote (review)

Western American Literature, Volume 49 (1) – May 10, 2014

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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,

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