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Contemporary Primitivism: Stories of attempted return

This thesis explores representations of Native Americans in the context of the contemporary primitivist movement.  After a brief introduction I discuss several interviews I conducted of people who are involved somehow in contemporary primitivism. I try to determine how the participants have reformulated their ideas about themselves and how, in doing so, they represent Native Americans and Native societies. In conclusion, I discuss some of the implications of contemporary primitivism for American Indians.


Christopher John Pealer


Barbara Babcock





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