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Gambling on Authenticity
Gaming, the Noble Savage, and the Not-So-New Indian
In the decades since the passing of the  Pamajewon ruling in Canada and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in the United States, gaming has come to play a crucial role in how Indigenous peoples are represented and read by both Indians and non-Indians alike. This collection presents a transnational examination of North American gaming and considers the role Indigenous artists and scholars play in producing depictions of Indigenous gambling. In an effort to offer a more complete and nuanced picture of Indigenous gaming in terms of sign and strategy than currently exists in academia or the general public, Gambling on Authenticity crosses both disciplinary and geographic boundaries. The case studies presented offer a historically and politically nuanced analysis of gaming that collectively creates an interdisciplinary reading of gaming informed by both the social sciences and the humanities. A great tool for the classroom, Gambling on Authenticity works to illuminate the not-so-new Indian being formed in the public's consciousness by and through gaming.
Publication Date: November 1st, 2017
180 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Becca Gercken is an Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She has published in the areas of identity and representation, masculinities, and pedagogy. Her most recent work appears in Leslie Marmon Silko: Ceremony, Almanac of the Dead, Gardens in the Dunes.  

Julie Pelletier is an Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She has published in the areas of identity and representation, and the indigenization of the academy. Her most recent work is "Insider/Outsider Ambiguities and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights."  

Early Praise

Gambling on Authenticity is a timely, informative, and readable collection of essays showing that Indian gaming involves so much more than economic development or politics. The collection as a whole offers a fascinating look at how casinos and gaming are linked to important concerns of Indian land claims, sovereignty, identity, and authenticity.”
Nancy J. Peterson, Professor of English and American Studies, Purdue University, and author of Against Amnesia: Contemporary Women Writers and the Crises of Historical Memory

“Why is America so divided about Indian casinos? How are America’s troubling attitudes toward gambling and the Noble Savage two sides of the same coin? Gambling on Authenticity takes on these questions and others by problematizing simplistic responses to Indian gaming by interrogating the cultural, historical, and psychological interplay of Indigeneity and economics. It is a fascinating read.”
Dean Rader, author of Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI

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