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Becca Gercken & Julie Pelletier (Eds.) -- Book Launch

Tuesday Oct 17 2017 7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

Launch of Gambling on Authenticity: Gaming, the Noble Savage, and the Not-So-New Indian (University of Manitoba Press) hosted by Cary Miller.

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. Gambling on Authenticity works to illuminate the not-so-new Indian being formed in the public’s consciousness by and through gaming.

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.”

Host Cary Miller is Anishinaabe and descends from St. Croix and Leech Lake communities. She is the new Department Head for Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, coming to Winnipeg from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was the Director of American Indian Studies. Her book Ogimag: Anishinaabeg leadership 1760-1845 was published with the University of Nebraska Press in 2010 and she previously has published in books such as Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World through Stories and the Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law.

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Gambling on Authenticity

- Trade paperback

by Becca-ed. Gercken - $29.95 - Add to Cart

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.