Authentic Indias by Paige Raidbmon Essay

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Paige Raibmon’s book “Authentic Indians” take a closer look at the concept of authenticity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Focusing on the culturally diverse Aboriginal people of the Northwest Coast, Raibmon examines how both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people constructed and used the idea of the authentic Indian to achieve their goals. Drawing examples from three ‘episodes’ or stories about Aboriginal people of the Northwest Coast, Raibmon argues that authenticity is not a set marker that we can use to measure the distance between what an Aboriginal culture looks like today and what “real” Aboriginal culture looks like. Instead, Raibmon says that authenticity is an important and changing set of ideas that were used …show more content…
Paige Raibmon’s book “Authentic Indians” take a closer look at the concept of authenticity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Focusing on the culturally diverse Aboriginal people of the Northwest Coast, Raibmon examines how both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people constructed and used the idea of the authentic Indian to achieve their goals. Drawing examples from three ‘episodes’ or stories about Aboriginal people of the Northwest Coast, Raibmon argues that authenticity is not a set marker that we can use to measure the distance between what an Aboriginal culture looks like today and what “real” Aboriginal culture looks like. Instead, Raibmon says that authenticity is an important and changing set of ideas that were used in different ways to achieve different results including solidifying the many perceived dichotomies between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. She also discusses how the concept of authenticity was not only important to Aboriginal and non Aboriginal relationships in the late nineteenth century but also to these same relationships in the present. Raibmon’s book focuses on stories of the people of the Northwest Coast in late nineteenth century United States and Canada. She has two main reasons for doing so. The first is because the area was the focus of much of the work being done by early American anthropology. Early Anthropology was focused on preserving as much as possible of the “vanishing Indian.” By doing so they provided copious

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