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Aliens and indians: A comparison of abduction and captivity narratives

Sturma, M. (2003) Aliens and indians: A comparison of abduction and captivity narratives. The Journal of Popular Culture, 36 (2). pp. 318-334.

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Stories of captivity among North American Indians dating from the 17th century in many ways parallel the more recent narratives of alien abduction. Telling a story inevitably involves elements of selection, and in both Indian captivity narratives and alien abduction narratives the elements included are often analogous. They share a number of common structures, conventions, themes, and images. I will begin by outlining the origin and some of the salient features of Indian captivity and the alien abduction phenomenon. Next, some explicit compar- isons will be drawn between the narratives of Indian captivity and alien abduction. Finally, some interpretations of these similarities are suggested.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Copyright: © Blackwell Publishers Inc, 2002
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