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The Search for an American-Indian Identity: Modern Pan-Indian Movements


reviewed by Estelle Fuchs 1971

coverTitle: The Search for an American-Indian Identity: Modern Pan-Indian Movements
Author(s): Hazel W. Hertzberg
Publisher: Syracuse University Press, Syacuse, NY
ISBN: , Pages: 362, Year: 1971
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Despite the myth, fantasy, and romance which surround them, the more interesting reality about American Indians is their extraordinary vitality in the present. Today American Indians constitute a rapidly growing population. Close to 800,000 Indians and 35,000 Eskimos and Aleuts in Alaska were counted in the 1970 census, almost 50 percent more than counted in 1960. But who is an Indian? In 1970 a person was an Indian if he declared himself to be one or was identified as one by an enumerator. This relatively straightforward definition according to self-identification or recognition includes a wide range of persons.1 Some persons are on the rolls of organized tribes, others are not; some Indians maintain traditional life styles and are frequently referred to as "full bloods" although they may be of mixed ancestry, others represent various degrees of acculturation in relation to the white society; some live in isolated rural regions, others in major industrial centers; some speak a native language as a home language, others have limited... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 2, 1971, p. 322-325
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1622, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:44:39 PM

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  • Estelle Fuchs
    Hunter College of the City University of New York
    Dr. Fuchs, who teaches at Hunter College of the City University of New York, is working with Robert Havighurst on a volume on Indian education to be published by Doubleday early in 1972.
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