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Routledge Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies

ISBN 9781138341302
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
632 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents

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

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Brendan Hokowhitu is Ngati Pukenga, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Maori 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 Ngati Awa, Ngati Porou, Tuhourangi, and Professor of Maori and Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Maori 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