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In Deep

In Deep Melanie Ben Son ta ylor Deep: the word is a fl atiron, an anchor. To be “in deep” (and often, “in deep fill-in-the-b lank”) is to be No one wants trapped, with no known exit. There may be debt, act ual or abstract , to scale. The word is a hole, a to admit that grave to haunt the living. their identity For those working in American Indian studies, even part-time, it can often feel just this way: like we is the product are shac kled to a mausoleum of decayi ng possibili- of a collective ties, dragged down by the hopes of others. Not inci- dentally ,the word deep itself is often used to convey fantasy, an the awesome power and profundit y of indigenous extended cultures, the impressive gravit y and resilience of tradition. Yet this wonder too is a trap, a mistaken projection assumption of the Indian’s radical alterit y and sta- of fear and sis: poised on a hilltop in buckskin and headdress, with a faraway gaze into a plane of existence no one anxiety, a else can access. Deep. This Indian is a product of compromise someone else’s fantasy, a collectiv e embodiment of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

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Publisher
University of North Carolina Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
ISSN
1534-1461

Abstract

Melanie Ben Son ta ylor Deep: the word is a fl atiron, an anchor. To be “in deep” (and often, “in deep fill-in-the-b lank”) is to be No one wants trapped, with no known exit. There may be debt, act ual or abstract , to scale. The word is a hole, a to admit that grave to haunt the living. their identity For those working in American Indian studies, even part-time, it can often feel just this way: like we is the product are shac kled to a mausoleum of decayi ng possibili- of a collective ties, dragged down by the hopes of others. Not inci- dentally ,the word deep itself is often used to convey fantasy, an the awesome power and profundit y of indigenous extended cultures, the impressive gravit y and resilience of tradition. Yet this wonder too is a trap, a mistaken projection assumption of the Indian’s radical alterit y and sta- of fear and sis: poised on a hilltop in buckskin and headdress, with a faraway gaze into a plane of existence no one anxiety, a else can access. Deep. This Indian is a product of compromise someone else’s fantasy, a collectiv e embodiment of

Journal

The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 3, 2016

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