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Hopi Runners : Crossing the Terrain Between Indian and American - (Hardcover)
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"In 1912, Hopi runner Louis Tewanima won silver in the 10,000-meter race at the Stockholm Olympics. Tewanima ran alongside Jim Thorpe at the Carlisle Indian School before making the US Olympic team twice (he finished 9th in the marathon in 1908). His silver medal would stand as the top American achievement in the Olympic 10,000-meter race until 1964, when another Native American, Billy Mills, took gold. Tewanima eventually returned home to Arizona, where he farmed and tended sheep. Tewanima was briefly asensation in the American press, but he was neither the first nor the last - nor even the best - Hopi distance runner. The Hopi people have a long tradition of distance running; in fact, Tewanima and another successful runner, Philip Zeyouma, were soundly defeated by two Hopi elders in a race hosted by the tribe the same year as Tewanima's Olympic victory. In Hopi Runners, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert uses the story of Tewanima and other Hopi runners of his era as a window into traditional Hopi culture, modernity, the boarding school experience, the rise of sports, and American nationalism. He argues that the cultural identity of Hopi runners challenged white American perceptions of modernity and placed them in a context that had national and internationaldimensions. This broad perspective linked Hopi runners to athletes from around the world, including runners from Japan and Ireland, and forced non-Natives to reevaluate their understandings of sports, nationhood, and the cultures of American Indian people"--Provided by publisher.
Number of Pages: Xvii, 276 pages :
Genre: Social Science, Sports + Recreation
Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies, Olympics & Paralympics, Running + Jogging
Series Title: Culture America
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas
Book theme: Native American Studies
Author: Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
Street Date: October 10, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-3895
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