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"New Faces in a Changing America is a comprehensive, penetrating, authoritative, and provocative examination of what it means to be multiracial in this country. With contributions by the leading thinkers, activists, and researchers on the subject, it admirably links theory and the powerful lived experiences of mixed-race people. This book will be the most important reference source on the subject for many years." -- James P. Allen, California State University, Northridge New Faces in a Changing America examines the multiracial experience, its history and the political issues and consequences surrounding biracial and multiracial identity, bringing together top names in the field to give readers cutting edge views and insights gained from contemporary research.
Chapter 11: Colonization, Cultural Imperialism, and the Social Construction of American Indian Mixed-Blood Identity
Colonization, Cultural Imperialism, and the Social Construction of American Indian Mixed-Blood Identity
By 1830 at the latest, the notion of defining “Indianness” in terms of race had been rendered patently absurd. It has been reliably estimated that something approaching half of all Native people still residing east of the Mississippi River were at that point genetically intermixed not only with one another, but with “Negroid and Caucasoid racial stock,” a demographic pattern which would spread rapidly westward over the next half-century. There is little if any indication, moreover, that most indigenous societies viewed this increasing admixture as untoward or peculiar, much less threatening, in and of itself (this is as opposed ...