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Lakota Hoops

Life and Basketball on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Alan Klein (author)

ISBN: 9781978804050

Publication Date: Jun 2020

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Anthropologist Alan Klein trains his experienced eye on the ways that Lakota traditions find a seamless expression in Basketball. Richly researched and filled with interviews with Pine Ridge residents, including both male and female players, this book offers a compelling look at the highs and lows of a community that has made basketball its own.
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For over 150 years the Lakota have tenaciously defended their culture and land against white miners, settlers, missionaries, and the U.S. Army, and paid the price. Their economy is in shambles and they face serious social issues, but their culture and outlook remain vibrant. Basketball has a role to play in the way that people on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation configure their hopes for a better future, and for pride in their community.

In Lakota Hoops, anthropologist Alan Klein trains his experienced eye on the ways that Lakota traditions find a seamless expression in the sport. In a variety of way such as weaving time-honored religious practices into the game or extending the warrior spirit of Crazy Horse to the players on the court, basketball has become a preferred way of finding continuity with the past. But the game is also well suited to the present and has become the largest regular gathering for all Lakota, promoting national pride as well as a venue for the community to creatively and aggressively confront white bigotry when needed.

Richly researched and filled with interviews with Pine Ridge residents, including both male and female players, Lakota Hoops offers a compelling look at the highs and lows of a community that has made basketball its own.
Illustrations 10 black & white images
Pages 254
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jun 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Critical Issues in Sport and Society
Subject/s Indigenous peoples   Sociology: sport & leisure   Basketball  
Alan Klein is a professor of anthropology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He has examined the intersection of sport and culture for 40 years. Author of six other books and dozens of articles, his studies have delved into such topics as the contested terrain of baseball in the Dominican Republic, nationalism on the US-Mexican border, masculinity among California bodybuilders, and globalization and sport.

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