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Going Native or Going Naive?: White Shamanism and the Neo-Noble Savage

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Going Native or Going Naive? is a critical analysis of an esoteric-Indian movement, called white shamanism. This movement, originating from the 1980's New Age boom, redefines the phenomenon of playing Indian. For white shamans and their followers, Indianness turns into a signifier for cultural cloning. By generating a neo-primitivistic bias, white shamanism utilizes esoter ...more
Paperback, 103 pages
Published February 22nd 2003 by University Press of America
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Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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The introduction was informative and brought up some good points. I thought that the rest of the book was a bit harsh and very badly written.
Dec 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
It is possible that Wernitznig has a valid point or two, but if so they are lost under the vitriolic and straw-man rhetoric that passes for a writing style. The author also seems strongly inclined to make up new academic-sounding words -- to sound more authoritative? -- but instead simply comes across as trying too hard.

There are far better books on this subject out there. The interested might look up Wallis's Shamans/Neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans.
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Dr. Dagmar Wernitznig has been an Associate Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute (University of Oxford), and a Lecturer at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. She has published numerous articles and books in the field of cultural criticism, particularly concerning European perceptions of Native America.
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