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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Use of Tlingit art and identity by non-Tlingit people in Sitka, Alaska
by Kreiss-Tomkins, David, M.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2014, 219; 1558370
Abstract (Summary)

Tlingit culture, as with many Indigenous cultures that exist under colonial rule, is often described as being in danger of disappearing. Despite this, the appropriation of and subsequent use of cultural practices by non-Tlingit people, and especially white people, is a continuation of the process of colonization when it is enacted in a manner that is not critical of current and historical racism, capitalist pressures and colonial violence. This project addresses the topic through recorded conversations with seven Tlingit women in Sitka, Alaska in an attempt to place Tlingit cultural production and use in the broader contexts of Indigenous cultural sovereignty and resistance to US imperial power. While various types and extremes of cultural appropriation are examined and compared to theory examining privilege and oppression, this project does not delineate general rules for appropriate and inappropriate use of culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anahita, Sine
Commitee: Leonard, Beth R., Mehner, Da-ka-xeen
School: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Department: Northern Studies
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American studies, Rhetoric, Native American studies
Keywords: Colonization, Cultural appropriation, Cultural sovereignty, Identity, Tlingit, Whiteness
Publication Number: 1558370
ISBN: 978-1-303-97804-3
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