Buried Indians

Buried Indians

Digging up the Past in A Midwestern Town

Book - 2006
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    In Buried Indians, Laurie Hovell McMillin presents the struggle of her hometown, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, to determine whether platform mounds atop Trempealeau Mountain constitute authentic Indian mounds. This dispute, as McMillin subtly demonstrates, reveals much about the attitude and interaction-past and present-between the white and Indian inhabitants of this Midwestern town.
    McMillin's account, rich in detail and sensitive to current political issues of American Indian interactions with the dominant European American culture, locates two opposing views: one that denies a Native American presence outright and one that asserts its long history and ruthless destruction. The highly reflective oral histories McMillin includes turn Buried Indians into an accessible, readable portrait of a uniquely American culture clash and a dramatic narrative grounded in people's genuine perceptions of what the platform mounds mean.

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McMillin (rhetoric, composition, and religion, Oberlin College) discusses the varying perspectives of people in her hometown of Trempealeau, Wisconsin, about Trempealeau Mountain, thought to be Native American burial grounds by some. By doing so, she considers the relationship of the townspeople to Native American images, histories, and archaeological sites. She describes Native American earthworks, the platform mound controversy, the local Indian mascot issue, and local ideas about land. She examines the emotional, historical, and cultural meaning of these views and their link to both past and present forms of violence against Native Americans. The book is not indexed. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780299216849
Characteristics: xxii, 283 p. : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm


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