Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Anti-Wall, Anti-Patrol and Pro-Native Propaganda

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Anti-Wall, Anti-Patrol and Pro-Native Propaganda

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Anti-Wall, Anti-Patrol and Pro-Native Propaganda Stephanie Elizondo Griest. All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, July 10, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4696-3159-2. 312pp, 3 maps, notes. $30.

A set of stories about U.S. borders both in the north and in the south. Stephanie Elizondo compares the borderlands between New York and Canada to the borderlands between Texas and Mexico. She was inspired to write this book after meeting Mohawks of the Akwesasne Nation. She writes with passion about the loss of cultural identity that the Mohawks suffered when they lost their mother tongue, and had to give up their "traditional occupations through capitalist ventures." She also describes the activists that are striving to preserve their culture through practice and theory. According to an interview with the author that was included with my review copy, the title refers to "(Border Patrol) agents and (Catholic saints)... the twin protectorates of our nation's borderlands." These titles are used with negative connotations, as Griest sees both Christianity and the U.S. government agents as oppressing the native cultures of America and their religions and natural/ ancient borders.

The book is divided into two parts, one on the Texas-Mexico border and the second on the New York-Canada border. Within these she has chapters on activists, agents, the Wall, trade, and native languages. Some of the titles are less clear and leave a reader wondering what might be within, such as "The Chokepoint" or "The Healing." Is the first about a homicidal choking? Is the second about a shaman healer? As I started looking closer I noticed that the second note from the Prologue refers to the word, "Dumbest. …

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