Toward a Native Archive: Chicago's Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text

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    • Publication Information:
      University of Nebraska Press, 2018.
    • Publication Date:
      2018
    • Abstract:
      This article is an encounter with a governmentally organized archive, one that underscores how photo and text together describe emerging communities and alternative forms of belonging. Between 1953 and 1957 the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) began what it called the “relocation project,” which moved American Indians from rural reservations to major American urban centers. The BIA maintained an archive of photographs of relocatees both before and after relocation and produced pamphlets, internal documents, newsletters, and other bureaucratic material. This article illustrates how a literary historical reading of these images enables new claims on urban American Indian belonging in the United States in the early 1950s. It contextualizes American Indian relocation as an institutionalized but also surprisingly aestheticized endeavor. The project explores an aesthetics of the ordinary that demands rethinking the work of photography in the twentieth century and contributes to ongoing conversations in the construction of Native archives.
    • ISSN:
      0095182X
      15341828
    • Accession Number:
      10.5250/amerindiquar.42.3.0375
    • Rights:
      Copyright 2018 University of Nebraska Press, 2018
    • Accession Number:
      edsjsr.amerindiquar.42.3.0375
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MEGAN TUSLER. Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text. American Indian Quarterly, [s. l.], v. 42, n. 3, p. 375–410, 2018. DOI 10.5250/amerindiquar.42.3.0375. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.amerindiquar.42.3.0375. Acesso em: 4 dez. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Megan Tusler. Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text. American Indian Quarterly. 2018;42(3):375-410. doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.42.3.0375
    • APA:
      Megan Tusler. (2018). Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text. American Indian Quarterly, 42(3), 375–410. https://doi.org/10.5250/amerindiquar.42.3.0375
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Megan Tusler. 2018. “Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text.” American Indian Quarterly 42 (3): 375–410. doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.42.3.0375.
    • Harvard:
      Megan Tusler (2018) ‘Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text’, American Indian Quarterly, 42(3), pp. 375–410. doi: 10.5250/amerindiquar.42.3.0375.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Megan Tusler 2018, ‘Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text’, American Indian Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 375–410, viewed 4 December 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Megan Tusler. “Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 42, no. 3, July 2018, pp. 375–410. EBSCOhost, doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.42.3.0375.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Megan Tusler. “Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text.” American Indian Quarterly 42, no. 3 (July 1, 2018): 375–410. doi:10.5250/amerindiquar.42.3.0375.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Megan Tusler. Toward a Native Archive: Chicago’s Relocation Photos, Indian Labor, and Indigenous Public Text. American Indian Quarterly [Internet]. 2018 Jul 1 [cited 2020 Dec 4];42(3):375–410. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.amerindiquar.42.3.0375