632 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    632 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies is the first comprehensive overview of the rapidly expanding field of Indigenous scholarship. The book is ambitious in scope, ranging across disciplines and national boundaries, with particular reference to the lived conditions of Indigenous peoples in the first world.

    The contributors are all themselves Indigenous scholars who provide critical understandings of indigeneity in relation to ontology (ways of being), epistemology (ways of knowing), and axiology (ways of doing) with a view to providing insights into how Indigenous peoples and communities engage and examine the worlds in which they are immersed. Sections include:

    • Indigenous Sovereignty

    • Indigeneity in the 21st Century

    • Indigenous Epistemologies

    • The Field of Indigenous Studies

    • Global Indigeneity

    This handbook contributes to the re-centring of Indigenous knowledges, providing material and ideational analyses of social, political, and cultural institutions and critiquing and considering how Indigenous peoples situate themselves within, outside, and in relation to dominant discourses, dominant postcolonial cultures and prevailing Western thought.

    This book will be of interest to scholars with an interest in Indigenous peoples across Literature, History, Sociology, Critical Geographies, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Native Studies, Māori Studies, Hawaiian Studies, Native American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Race Studies, Queer Studies, Politics, Law, and Feminism.

    List of figures

    List of contributors



    Brendan Hokowhitu

    PART 1 Disciplinary knowledge and epistemology

    1 The institutional and intellectual trajectories of Indigenous Studies in North America: Harnessing the ‘NAISA Effect’

    Chris Andersen

    2 Ricochet: It’s not where you land; it’s how far you fly

    Alice Te Punga Somerville

    3 Multi-generational Indigenous feminisms: From F word to what IFs

    Kim Anderson

    4 Against crisis epistemology

    Kyle Whyte

    5 Matariki and the decolonisation of time

    Rangi Matamua

    6 Indigenous women writers in unexpected places

    Lisa Kahaleole Hall

    7 Critical Indigenous methodology and the problems of history: Love and death beyond boundaries in Victorian British Columbia

    David A. Chang

    8 Decolonising psychology: Self-determination and social and emotional


    Pat Dudgeon

    9 Colours of creation

    Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu

    PART 2 Indigenous theory and method

    10 The emperor’s ‘new’ materialisms: Indigenous materialisms and disciplinary colonialism

    Brendan Hokowhitu

    11 Intimate encounters Aboriginal labour stories and the violence of the colonial archive

    Natalie Harkin

    12 Māku Anō e Hanga Tōku Nei Whare: I myself shall build my house

    Leonie Pihama

    13 On the politics of Indigenous translation: Listening to Indigenous peoples in and on their own terms

    Dale Turner

    14 Auntie’s bundle: Conversation and research methodologies with Knowledge Gifter Sherry Copenace

    Sherry Copenace, Jaime Cidro, Anna Johnson, and Kim Anderson

    15 When nothingness revokes certainty: A Māori speculation

    Carl Mika

    16 Vital earth/vibrant earthworks/living earthworks vocabularies

    Chadwick Allen

    17 "To be a good relative means being a good relative to everyone": Indigenous feminisms is for everyone

    Jennifer Denetdale

    18 ‘Objectivity’ and repatriation: Pulling on the colonisers’ tale

    Clayton Dumont

    PART 3 Sovereignty

    19 Incommensurable sovereignties: Indigenous ontology matters

    Aileen Moreton-Robinson

    20 Mana Māori motuhake: Māori concepts and practices of sovereignty

    Margaret Mutu

    21 He Aliʻi Ka ʻĀina, Ua Mau Kona Ea: Land is the chief, long may she reign

    Kamanamaikalani Beamer

    22 Relational accountability in Indigenous governance: Navigating the doctrine of distrust in the Osage Nation

    Jean Dennison

    23 Ellos Deatnu and post-state Indigenous feminist sovereignty

    Rauna Kuokkanen

    24 Striking back: The 1980s Aboriginal art movement and the performativity of sovereignty

    Crystal McKinnon

    25 Communality as everyday Indigenous sovereignty in Oaxaca, Mexico

    Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez

    26 American Indian sovereignty versus the United States

    Robert J. Miller

    PART 4 Political economies, ecologies, and technologies

    27 A story about the time we had a global pandemic and how it affected my life and work as a critical Indigenous scholar

    Linda Tuhiwai Smith

    28 Once were Maoists: Third World currents in Fourth World anticolonialism, Vancouver, 1967–1975

    Glen Sean Coulthard

    29 Resurgent kinships: Indigenous relations of well-being vs. humanitarian health economies

    Dian Million (Tanana)

    30 Indigenous environmental justice: Towards an ethical and sustainable future

    Deborah McGregor

    31 Diverse Indigenous environmental identities: Māori resource management innovations

    Maria Bargh

    32 The ski or the wheel?: Foregrounding Sámi technological Innovation in the Arctic region and challenging its invisibility in the history of humanity

    May-Britt Öhman

    33 The Indigenous digital footprint

    Hēmi Whaanga and Paora Mato

    PART 5 Bodies, performance, and praxis

    34 Identity is a poor substitute for relating: Genetic ancestry, critical polyamory, property, and relations

    Kim TallBear

    35 Indigeneity and performance

    Stephanie Nohelani Teves

    36 Indigenous insistence on film

    Jo Smith

    37 The politics of language in Indigenous cinema

    Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.

    38 Entangled histories and transformative futures: Indigenous sport in the 21st century

    Fa’anofo Lisaclaire Uperesa

    39 Raranga as healing methodology: Body, place, and making

    Tāwhanga Nopera

    40 Becoming knowledgeable: Indigenous embodied praxis

    Simone Ulalka Tur

    41 Nyuragil – playing the ‘game’

    John Maynard

    42 Academic and STEM success: Pathways to Indigenous sovereignty

    Michelle M. Hogue

    43 Aboriginal child as knowledge producer: Bringing into dialogue Indigenist epistemologies and culturally responsive pedagogies for schooling

    Lester-Irabinna Rigney


    Brendan Hokowhitu is Ngāti Pukenga, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Aileen Moreton-Robinson is a Goenpul woman of Quandamooka (Moreton Bay, Australia) and a Distinguished Professor of Indigenous Research, Office of Indigenous Education and Engagement Policy, Strategy and Impact, RMIT University.

    Linda Tuhiwai-Smith is Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Tuhourangi, and Professor of Māori and Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Chris Andersen is Métis and Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Canada.

    Steve Larkin is Chief Executive Officer at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Australia.

    "Featuring important contributions by leading scholars in the field, this volume is an indispensable intervention into the field of Critical Indigenous Studies and a must-read for understanding its empirical, theoretical, and methodological scaffolding." -- Jeani O’Brien, University of Minnesota, USA

    "With a stellar editorial team, this extraordinary collection offers a much-needed state-of-the-field: Critical Indigenous Studies at its best, in a global frame. With thematic sections that showcase rich intellectual diversity, these outstanding essays are all well researched, conceptually innovative, and brilliantly theorized - yet, also accessible. This volume is essential reading!" -- J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University, USA

    "This handbook, edited by international leading scholars in the field, will be an essential resource for the academy and for Indigenous communities. It's a unique and powerful collection of the most influential Indigenous scholars, and will be a must-have for students, researchers and scholars." -- Larissa Behrendt, Director of Research and Academic Programs, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

    "This book is very much welcomed. Given that Indigenous scholars are researching, developing curriculum, and trying to engage in meaningful and respectful partnerships with Indigenous communities in Australia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and elsewhere, a collection such as this has never been more important or timely. The Handbook is edited by esteemed Indigenous scholars, and contains works by leading and emerging critical Indigenous scholars and thought leaders. The handbook will be a source of reference, theory, explanation, challenge, and inspiration, and I am excited by the prospect of its influence in the hands of my colleagues and students." -- Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement), The University of Queensland, Australia

    "A crucial reference work for the international, interdisciplinary field of Indigenous scholars within and outside the academy, the Handbook is more than a catalogue of critical thought and practice up to the present moment – it offers deeply thoughtful glimpses into dynamic Indigenous futures." -- K. Tsianina Lomawaima (Creek), Arizona State University, USA