Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
Amy H. Sturgis

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Star Trek, Native America, and All That Good Stuff

I'm back from DC! I can't believe I didn't think about what a complete circus Reagan National Airport can be at the end of the work week. My bad. It's like several hours of complete madness overtake the place. If I hadn't literally had my copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with me (my official de-stresser), I might've panicked. *grin*

Happy birthday to bistokidsfan77, and happy early birthday to pewterwolf. May you both enjoy many happy returns of the day!

I'm currently working on my essay "From Amerind to Dorvan: The Future History of Native America in Star Trek." Thus far, it looks like I'll be drawing particular on the following specific examples from Star Trek: "The Paradise Syndrome" (The Original Series), "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth" (The Animated Series), "Journey's End" (The Next Generation), "Cathexis" and "Tattoo" (among several other episodes from Star Trek: Voyager), Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Star Trek: Insurrection.

The Paradise Syndrome Pictures, Images and Photos

Random trivia I've gathered:

Starfleet personnel of Native descent:
* At least three unnamed crewpeople in Star Trek: The Motion Picture
* Dawson Walking Bear in The Animated Series
* Chakotay in Voyager
* Possibly Captain Hunter from Vonda McIntyre's novel The Entropy Effect (Thanks to marthawells!)

Starfleet ships named for individuals of Native descent (others are named for various nations):
* USS Crazy Horse (The Next Generation)
* USS Malinche (Deep Space Nine)
* USS Tecumseh (Deep Space Nine)
* Sacajawea (shuttle, Voyager)

Above and beyond the episodes/films thus far, and the uber-helpful "American Indian" entry at Memory Alpha, The Star Trek Wiki, I've put together my working bibliography of secondary sources. Just in case you're interested, I'll list the works below. If you have any recommendations or suggestions, I'd be grateful!

Working Bibliography of Secondary Sources on Native America in Star Trek

Sierra S. Adare, "Indian" Stereotypes in TV Science Fiction: First Nations' Voices Speak Out (University of Texas Press, 2005)

Daniel Bernardi, Star Trek and History : Race-ing Toward a White Future (Rutgers University Press, 1998)

Al Carroll, Medicine Bags and Dog Tags: American Indian Veterans from Colonial Times to the Second Iraq War (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)
(note: very useful section on Chakotay in Voyager)

Steven F. Collins, "'For the Greater Good': Trilateralism and Hegemony in Star Trek: The Next Generation" in Taylor Harrison, Sarah Projansky, Kent A. Ono, and Elyce Rae Helford, eds. Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek (Westview Press, 1996): 137-156.

Lincoln Geraghty, "'Neutralising the Indian': Native American Stereotypes in Star Trek: Voyager," U.S. Studies Online: The BAAS Postgraduate Journal, Issue 4 (Autumn 2004): online here

Lincoln Geraghty, Living with Star Trek : American Culture and the Star Trek Universe (I.B. Taurus, 2007)

Allen Kwan, "Seeking New Civilizations: Race Normaitivity in the Star Trek Franchise," Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society Vol. 27, No 1 (February 2007), 59-70.

Jan Johnson-Smith, American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate and Beyond (I.B. Taurus, 2005)

Ted Jojola, "Absurd Reality II: Hollywood Goes to the Indians" in Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor, eds. Hollywood's Indian: The Portrayal of the Native American in Film (University Press of Kentucky, 1998): 12-26.

Darcee L. McLaren and Jennifer E. Porter, "(Re)Covering Sacred Ground: New Age Spirituality in Star Trek: Voyager" in Jennifer E. Porter and Darcee L. McLaren, eds. Star Trek and Sacred Ground : Explorations of Star Trek, Religion, and American Culture (State University of New York, 2000): 101-118.

Jon Wagner and Jan Lundeen, Deep Space and Sacred Time: Star Trek in the American Mythos (Praeger, 1998)

And for the understatement of the day, I present Wesley Crusher...

Lankata: Whether you believe in your spirit or not, we believe in it. You are a sacred person here, Wesley.
Wesley Crusher: I think that's the first time anyone's used that particular word to describe me.
- "Journey's End," Star Trek: The Next Generation
Tags: native america, publications, sf, star trek

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