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Global Masculinities and Manhood$
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Ronald L Jackson and Murali Balaji

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036514

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036514.001.0001

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War, Masculinity, and Native Americans

War, Masculinity, and Native Americans

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Global Masculinities and Manhood

Kathleen Glenister Roberts

University of Illinois Press

This chapter draws on several years of ethnographic research on Native American ceremonials to examine the metaphor of the “warrior” in some Native American communities. It discusses their views of “war,” which are expressed both in military service and in other contexts within their communities. Their perspective on war is at times an ancient one, and has impacted American history more than most non-Natives understand. Because this misunderstanding has through history often led to continued disrespect on the part of non-Natives, the chapter uses an ethnographic approach to explain the warrior ideal in the voices of those who fight to defend their homes and their cultural communities.

Keywords:   Native American masculinity, manhood, warrior, war, ethnographic research

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