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date: 24 August 2019

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Among the many important arguments in his 1972 book, God Is Red: A Native View of Religion, Dakota legal scholar and philosopher Vine Deloria, Jr. posits a race of spacemen who created human society. Womack argues that contemporary scholars of Native literatures have overlooked these kinds of “kooky” claims in Deloria’s work. In God Is Red, Deloria’s discussion of aliens gives the book a campy and theatrical feel. Womack emphasizes, however, that the campiness of God is Red, and the various inconsistencies and contradictions readily apparent in the arguments Deloria makes about space and time, do not undermine the book’s importance to Native American literary studies. Instead, Womack sees camp performance as a way to challenge, as well as work outside of, traditions and orthodoxies.

Keywords: Vine Deloria Jr., human evolution, God Is Red, spacemen, Native American literature, camp, theatricality, time, space, flood stories

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