Incorporating Nonbinary Gender into Inuit Archaeology: Oral Testimony and Material Inroads explores gender diversity in precontact Inuit history.
By combining evidence from interviews with re-examinations of previously excavated archaeological collections, the book challenges binary narratives and creates an allowance for diverse narratives around gender to emerge. This work approaches a wide range of ethnographic and archaeological sources with a critical eye, opening up a dialogue between queer Indigenous studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Two Spirit, Plus (LGBTQ2S+) Inuit; and archaeology in order to question normative colonial narratives about Indigenous pasts while providing concrete examples of how researchers can begin to let go of rigid assumptions. In this way, the reader is encouraged to explore novel perspectives and think beyond boxes to understand gender complexity in precontact Inuit culture.
This book has been written for a wide academic audience, particularly those interested in queer archaeologies, archaeologies of gender, decolonial archaeologies, and indigenous archaeologies and oral history.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Creating Mess in Archaeological Research; 1. Inuit Gender: Archaeological and Anthropological Approaches; 2.The Evidence for Nonbinary Genders in Inuit Cultures; 3. Queer Theory and Colonialism; 4. Approaching Gender and Sexual Diversity in Inuit Archaeology; 5. Oral Historical Approaches; 6.Contemporary Impacts of Queering the Inuit Past; 7. Gender Complexity in Archaeological Materials; 8. A Study of Artifacts from Three Inuit Archaeological Sites; 9. Moving Forward with Mess
Meghan Walley is an archaeologist who focuses on oral history and LGBTQ2S+ narratives of the past.