In Buried Indians, Laurie Hovell McMillin presents the struggle of her hometown, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, to determine whether platform mounds atop Trempealeau Mountain constitute authentic Indian mounds. This dispute, as McMillin subtly demonstrates, reveals much about the attitude and interaction-past and present-between the white and Indian inhabitants of this Midwestern town. McMillin's account, rich in detail and sensitive to current political issues of American Indian interactions with the dominant European American culture, locates two opposing views: one that denies a Native American presence outright and one that asserts its long history and ruthless destruction. The highly reflective oral histories McMillin includes turn Buried Indians into an accessible, readable portrait of a uniquely American culture clash and a dramatic narrative grounded in people's genuine perceptions of what the platform mounds mean.... to be what he had been, he would have to turn away from that place to which his flesh and his thoughts and his devotion belonged. ... He learned how to play guitar from his mother when he was a child, and his family used to get together and sing before TV came along. ... was asked to dress in red-and-white striped vests, string ties, garters, and top hats and play aquot;old-timeaquot; music in a five-star hotel.
|Author||:||Laurie Hovell McMillin|
|Publisher||:||Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2006|