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American Indian Studies: Highlights from our Collection
The following American Indian Studies works are highlights from our catalog that focus on legal and environmental rights and activism, land tenure and sovereignty, socioeconomic conditions, and more. However, these examples focus on the critical studies lens, rather than literature or art created by indigenous authors, or archaeological, anthropological, and historical studies of indigenous cultures. Works completed by indigenous authors and artists are located across all of our library collections, both in indigenous and colonial languages. Additionally, not all indigenous work is written; for example, writing via textiles is also an important cultural practice for some indigenous cultures. Our Chumbe weavings are a great example of this work. Therefore, this should be seen as a small exhibit of a much larger set of works, both in critical American Indian studies and indigenous art and literature. To find specific works, use the subject headings found in the "Research" tab, or search for an author or artist via the UNC Catalog.
Legal Rights, Land Tenure, and Environmentalism
As Long As Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
The story of Native peoples' resistance to environmental injustice and land incursions, and a call for environmentalists to learn from the Indigenous community's rich history of activism. Through the unique lens of "Indigenized environmental justice," Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker explores the fraught history of treaty violations, struggles for food and water security, and protection of sacred sites, while highlighting the important leadership of Indigenous women in this centuries-long struggle. As Long As Grass Grows gives readers an accessible history of Indigenous resistance to government and corporate incursions on their lands and offers new approaches to environmental justice activism and policy. Throughout 2016, the Standing Rock protest put a national spotlight on Indigenous activists, but it also underscored how little Americans know about the longtime historical tensions between Native peoples and the mainstream environmental movement. Ultimately, she argues, modern environmentalists must look to the history of Indigenous resistance for wisdom and inspiration in our common fight for a just and sustainable future.
Portland, OR : United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, October 2016.
A Land Not Forgotten by Michael A. Robidoux (Editor); Courtney W. Mason (Editor)
Publication Date: 2017-04-12
Food insecurity takes a disproportionate toll on the health of Canada?s Indigenous people. "A Land Not Forgotten" examines the disruptions in local food practices as a result of colonization and the cultural, educational, and health consequences of those disruptions. This multidisciplinary work demonstrates how some Indigenous communities in northern Ontario areaddressing challenges to food security through the restoration of land-based cultural practices.Improving Indigenous health, food security, and sovereignty means reinforcing practices that build resiliency in ecosystems and communities. As this book contends, this includes facilitating productive collaborations and establishing networks of Indigenous communities and allies to work together in promotion and protection of Indigenous food systems. This willinfluence diverse groups and encourage them to recognize the complexity of colonial histories and the destructive health impacts in Indigenous communities.In addition to its multidisciplinary lens, the authors employ a community based participatory approach that privileges Indigenous interests and perspectives. "A Land Not Forgotten" provides a comprehensive picture of the food security and health issues Indigenous peoples are encountering in Canada?s rural north.
Resource Exploitation in Native North America by Bruce E. Johansen
Publication Date: 2016-01-11
This wide-ranging survey of the environmental damage to Native American lands and peoples in North America--in recent times as well as previous decades--documents the continuing impact on the health, wellness, land, and communities of indigenous peoples. Beginning in the early 1950s, Native peoples were recruited to mine "yellow dust"--uranium--and then, over decades, died in large numbers of torturous cancers. Uranium-induced cancers have become the deadliest plague unleashed upon Native peoples of North America--one with grave consequences impacting generations of American Indian families. Today, resource-driven projects such as the Keystone XL pipeline continue to put the health and safety of American Indians at risk. Authored by an expert with 40 years of experience in the subject, this book documents the environmental provocations afflicting Native American peoples in the United States: from the toll of uranium mining on the Navajos to the devastation wrought by dioxin, PCBs, and other pollutants on the agricultural economy of the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation in northernmost New York. The detailed personal stories of human suffering will enable readers to grasp the seriousness of the injustices levied against Native peoples as a result of corporations' and governments' greed for natural resources. Exposes readers to complete and current information about the severe environmental and health concerns that American Indians living on reservations experience due to environmental degradation Encourages awareness of the issues tribal governments and Indian communities commonly face in balancing economic rewards and environmental and health consequences Provides important historical context to support readers' understanding of the present-day situation of American Indians and reservation life
Say We Are Nations by Daniel M. Cobb
Publication Date: 2015-11-02
In this wide-ranging and carefully curated anthology, Daniel M. Cobb presents the words of Indigenous people who have shaped Native American rights movements from the late nineteenth century through the present day. Presenting essays, letters, interviews, speeches, government documents, and other testimony, Cobb shows how tribal leaders, intellectuals, and activists deployed a variety of protest methods over more than a century to demand Indigenous sovereignty. As these documents show, Native peoples have adopted a wide range of strategies in this struggle, invoking "American" and global democratic ideas about citizenship, freedom, justice, consent of the governed, representation, and personal and civil liberties while investing them with indigenized meanings. The more than fifty documents gathered here are organized chronologically and thematically for ease in classroom and research use. They address the aspirations of Indigenous nations and individuals within Canada, Hawaii, and Alaska as well as the continental United States, placing their activism in both national and international contexts. The collection's topical breadth, analytical framework, and emphasis on unpublished materials offer students and scholars new sources with which to engage and explore American Indian thought and political action.
Sovereignty and Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States by Wayne Edwards
Publication Date: 2020-09-02
This book presents a comparative study of the land settlements and sovereign arrangements between the US government and the three major aggregated groups of indigenous peoples--American Indians, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians--whose land rights claims have resulted in very different outcomes. It shows that the outcomes of their sovereign claims were different, though their bases were similar. While the US government insists that it is committed to the government-to-government relationship it has with the tribes, federal authority severely limits the ability of tribal governments to participate as an equal partner.
Socioeconomics, Education, and Relationships with the US and Canada
Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850 by Sandra Slater
Publication Date: 2012-10-15
Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850 probes gender identification, labor roles, and political authority within Native American societies from the colonial period through the nineteenth century to illustrate how these aspects of Native American life were altered through interactions with Europeans. Editors Sandra Slater and Fay A. Yarbrough and their contributors deftly explore the historical implications of variations in the meanings of gender, sexuality, and marriage among indigenous communities in North America. The essays are linked by overarching examinations of how Europeans manipulated native ideas about gender for their own ends and how indigenous people responded to European attempts to impose gendered cultural practices at odds with established traditions. Many of the essays also address how indigenous people made meaning of gender and how these meanings developed over time within their own communities. Several contributors also consider sexual practice as a mode of cultural articulation, as well as a vehicle for the expression of gender roles.
Indigenous Innovations in Higher Education by Elizabeth Sumida Huaman (Volume Editor); Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Volume Editor)
Publication Date: 2017-05-26
This edited volume is the result of a collaborative project of Indigenous graduate education training and higher education-tribal institution partnerships in the southwestern United States. We feature the work of interdisciplinary scholars writing about local peoples, issues, and knowledges that demonstrate rich linkages between universities and Indigenous communities. Collectively, as Indigenous peoples writing, this work takes the opportunity to explore why and how Indigenous peoples are working to reframe dominant limits of our power and to shift educational efforts from the colonial back to an Indigenous center. These efforts reflect a conscientious practice to maintain Indigenous worldviews through diverse yet unified approaches aimed at serving Indigenous peoples and places. Cover photo: Gia Khun (Mother Corn) with Gia (Mother) and Uncle Manual, c. 1918. This is a family photo provided by Dr. Tessie Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo). Imaging assistance provided by Tewa artist, Jason Garcia (Okuu Pin).
Indigenous Invisibility in the City by Deirdre Howard-Wagner
Publication Date: 2020-11-17
Indigenous Invisibility in the City contextualises the significant social change in Indigenous life circumstances and resurgence that came out of social movements in cities. It is about Indigenous resurgence and community development by First Nations people for First Nations people in cities. Seventy-five years ago, First Nations peoples began a significant post-war period of relocation to cities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand. First Nations peoples engaged in projects of resurgence and community development in the cities of the four settler states. First Nations peoples, who were motivated by aspirations for autonomy and empowerment, went on to create the foundations of Indigenous social infrastructure. This book explains the ways First Nations people in cities created and took control of their own futures. A fact largely wilfully ignored in policy contexts. Today, differences exist over the way governments and First Nations peoples see the role and responsibilities of Indigenous institutions in cities. What remains hidden in plain sight is their societal function as a social and political apparatus through which much of the social processes of Indigenous resurgence and community development in cities occurred. The struggle for self-determination in settler cities plays out through First Nations people's efforts to sustain their own institutions and resurgence, but also rights and recognition in cities. This book will be of interest to Indigenous studies scholars, urban sociologists, urban political scientists, urban studies scholars, and development studies scholars interested in urban issues and community building and development. This book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.
Indigenous nations within modern nation states : integration and autonomy by Duane Champagne
Call Number: E77.2 .C43 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Duane Champagne, PhD (Professor of Sociology, UCLA) has complied, and elaborated upon years of scholarly and editorial work to be able to offer readers accessible and thought-provoking discussion on issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples. This book brings the complexities of Indigenous concerns out of the shadows that so unnecessarily define the margins of society in order to educate readers and, as such, spur on critically informed debate aimed at bettering the position of Indigenous--and by extension, as we are all inhabitants of Turtle Island--non-Indigenous, peoples within modern nation states.
Separate but Unequal by Frances Widdowson
Publication Date: 2019-11-05
Separate but Unequal provides an in-depth critique of the ideology of parallelism--the prevailing view that Indigenous cultures and the wider Canadian society should exist separately from one another in a "nation-to-nation" relationship. Using the Final Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples as an example, this historical and material analysis shows how the single-minded pursuit of parallelism will not result in a more balanced relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. On the contrary, it merely restores archaic economic, political, and ideological forms that will continue to isolate the Indigenous population. This book provides an alternative framework for examining Indigenous dependency. This new perspective--the political economy of neotribal rentierism--shows that Indigenous Peoples' circumstances have been inextricably linked to the development of capitalism in Canada. While Indigenous Peoples were integral participants in the fur trade, the transition from mercantilism to industrial capitalism led to their marginalization.