Title: We Talk,You Listen: New Tribes New Turf
Publication Date: 1970
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1970. Macmillan. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 227 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by Jason McWhorter. Signed by The Author. keywords: American Indian Politics America. inventory # 18509. FROM THE PUBLISHER - ‘American society is unconsciously going Indian.’ We Talk, You Listen - strong medicine and boldly unconventional thought from Vine Deloria, Jr., the profoundly witty, and brilliant Indian spokesman who here turns his penetrating vision toward the disintegrating core of American society. America is undergoing a philosophical, economic, and social revolution. On every front hallowed - and hollow - tradtions of the white man’s society are crumbling under the pressures of a changing world: a world in which, ironically (but not accidentally), the Indian way of life emerges as the most stable, flexible, and enduring of all. Tribalism, according to Deloria, may well be the salvation of this country. The author of the bestselling Custer Died for Your Sins sees racial conflict, inflation, the ecological crisis, and power groups as symptoms rather than causes of the American malaise: ‘The glittering generalities and mythologies of American society no longer satisfy the need and desire to belong.’ His proposed solution to the legacy of genocide, imperialism, capitalism, feudalism, and self-defeating liberalism centers around a uniquely Indian idea - that group identity and real community development are a kind of neo-tribalism, and that the elements of American society are in reality a collection of tribes: Indians, Chicanos, blacks, hippies, and others, who have been driven together by the demands of a modern electronic world. But the newly formed tribes are still misguided, possessing tactics rather than strategy, and led by stereotypes rather than by an understanding of their individual uniqueness. We must now create new mythology and symbols to explain and unite this world. A new Constitution, a new organization, and a new individualism must be based not on the god of economics, but on the needs of humanity. The nation that colonized, brutalized, and patronized its minorities, the nation that built an artificial universe on land it neither understood nor respected - that nation has been defeated, by its dissident minorities and by the land itself that is ultimately rejecting those who abused it. ‘In essence, Indians have really won the battle for cultural survival. It remains only for years to go by and the rise of youth to continue and everyone will be in the real mainstream of American life – the tribe.’. Bookseller Inventory # 18509
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