Indians in the park

Norman K. Denzin

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This is a performance experimental text with multiple speaking parts. Drawing from autoethnography, popular culture and history, I argue, following Walter Benjamin, that one way to write history is to quote history back to itself, thereby exposing the cracks and contradictions in official ideology. The ideology at hand involves the represented presence of Native Americans in two cultural landscapes, mid-central Iowa in the 1940s and 1950s, and Yellowstone National Park in the 1870s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-33
Number of pages25
JournalQualitative Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Autoethnography
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Critical race theory
  • Mystory
  • Performance text

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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