Natives and Nationalism: The Americanization of Kateri Tekakwitha

  title={Natives and Nationalism: The Americanization of Kateri Tekakwitha},
  author={A. Greer},
  journal={The Catholic Historical Review},
  pages={260 - 272}
  • A. Greer
  • Published 2004
  • History
  • The Catholic Historical Review
In the history of the United States, the figure of the Indian has played an important part in discourses of national self-definition. Since colonial times, according to Jill Lepore, Americans constructed a "triangulated" identity, in relation to the native Other, but also in relation to "another Other," the European.1 Ancient colonial tropes of the evil savage and the Noble savage were available to nationalists seeking to distinguish the United States, either from the wild, untamed New World or… Expand
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