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Biscuits & Buffalo: The Reinvention of American Indian Culture in the 20th & 21st Centuries

Biscuits and Buffalo investigates how American Indians have reinvented their culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and how they have done so not only in conflict but also in collaboration with non-Indians. Racism and alliances, friendships and prejudices all happened at the same time. This story is about that messy middle ground on the Crow reservation of Montana and Wyoming. It covers the history of ranching, wheat farming, gardens, rodeo, a 30-year joint project called All-American Indian Days, and the life work of a cook who modernized traditional Crow Indian fare in the fashion of her contemporary Julia Child. Through these stories, Biscuits and Buffalo aims to understand how American Indians have tried to reconcile their experiences in a modern globalized world with persistently romantic expectations of what it means to be Indian.

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