Although the terms indio, indigene, and indian only exist (in Spanish, French, and English, respectively) because of European conquest and colonization, indigenous peoples have appropriated or changed this terminology in ways that reflect their shifting self-identifications and aspirations. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, this process constantly transformed the relation of Native peoples in the Americas to other peoples and the state. This volume's presentation of various factors-geographical, temporal, and cross-cultural-provide illuminating contributions to the burgeoning field of hemispheric indigenous studies.
Hemispheric Indigeneities explores indigenous agency and shows that what it means to be indigenous was and is mutable. It also demonstrates that self-identification evolves in response to the relationship between indigenous peoples and the state. The contributors analyze the conceptions of what indigeneity meant, means today, or could come to mean tomorrow.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 450
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"This collection makes a tremendous contribution to burgeoning discussions of Indigeneity. In rich and fascinating detail, each chapter elaborates processes and meanings of 'being' and 'becoming' Indigenous across time and geographic space in the Americas. It is sure to enrich hemispheric and global dialogue about the nuances, diversity, complexities, and contradictions of Indigeneity both historically and in the contemporary world."-Laura R. Graham, professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa and coeditor of Performing Indigeneity: Global Histories and Contemporary Experiences -- Laura R. Graham
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