Indian Country, L.A.

Indian Country, L.A. : Maintaining Ethnic Community in Complex Society

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Los Angeles is home to the largest concentration of urban Native Americans in the United States: a geographically dispersed population of tremendous cultural, linguistic, political, and religious diversity. Over the course of more than two decades, Joan Weibel-Orlando has immersed herself in the social, economic, and political life of this population, conducting hundreds of interviews and observing the institutions, rites, and practices that help this urban community define itself. The first ethnographic study of this vibrant community, now expanded and updated, "Indian Country, L.A." reveals a society that both incorporates cherished tribal identities and strives constantly to recreate itself within the context of modern urban life. Weibel-Orlando's landmark work proposes a dynamic model of community formation, describing community not by means of static categories but rather in terms of how it is experienced by its members: through collective responsibilities, institutions, cultural continuity, public ritual, locality, communication networks, and shared history.
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  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 159.5 x 238 x 28.4mm | 701.68g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0252024966
  • 9780252024962

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"Weibel-Orlando has written a fascinating study of the nation's largest urban Indian community... An invaluable resource for anyone interested in contemporary Native Americans."-L. G. Moses, Choice "Indian Country, L.A. is a major contribution to the urban anthropology of this relatively unstudied ethnic terrain... An excellent book for specialists as well as students and scholars interested in community and ethnicity." - Joane Nagel, American Studies "A remarkably in-depth examination of the Los Angeles Indian community... Weibel-Orlando's analysis of roles and institutions is truly an excellent contribution to writing about American Indians." - C. Matthew Snipp,American Journal of Sociology "Indian Country, L.A. contains much of value to the historian... Weibel-Orlando's study should serve as a methodological model for conducting research among other urban Indian populations."-Steven C. Schulte, Western Library
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