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Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies

1st Edition

Edited by Chris Andersen, Jean M. O'Brien


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Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies is a synthesis of changes and innovations in methodologies in Indigenous Studies, focusing on sources over a broad chronological and geographical range. Written by a group of highly respected Indigenous Studies scholars from across an array of disciplines, this collection offers insight into the methodological approaches contributors take to research, and how these methods have developed in recent years.

The book has a two-part structure that looks, firstly, at the theoretical and disciplinary movement of Indigenous Studies within history, literature, anthropology, and the social sciences. Chapters in this section reveal that, while engaging with other disciplines, Indigenous Studies has forged its own intellectual path by borrowing and innovating from other fields. In part two, the book examines the many different areas with which sources for indigenous history have been engaged, including the importance of family, gender, feminism, and sexuality, as well as various elements of expressive culture such as material culture, literature, and museums. Together, the chapters offer readers an overview of the dynamic state of the field in Indigenous Studies.

This book shines a spotlight on the ways in which scholarship is transforming Indigenous Studies in methodologically innovative and exciting ways, and will be essential reading for students and scholars in the field.


"This book is a valuable collection of essays for anyone teaching or researching any aspect of Indigenous studies. It is an especially useful tool for young scholars who intend to work with indigenous communities, no matter what discipline they represent."

Dawn Marsh, Purdue University, USA

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


Chris Andersen and Jean M. O’Brien



Chapter One: Historical Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies: Touching on the Past, Looking to the Future

Jean M. O’Brien

Chapter Two: Literary Reflections on Indigenous Literary Nationalism: On Home Grounds, Singing Hogs, and Cranky Critics

Daniel Heath Justice

Chapter Three: History, Anthropology, Indigenous Studies

Pauline Turner Strong

Chapter Four: Reclaiming the Statistical "Native": Quantitative Historical Research Beyond the Pale

Chris Andersen and Tahu Kukutai


I. Reframing Indigenous Studies

Chapter Five: Recovering, Restorying, and Returning Nahua Writing in Mexico

Kelly McDonough

Chapter Six: Mind, Heart, Hands: Thinking, Feeling, and Doing in Indigenous History Methodology

K. Tsianina Lomawaima

Chapter Seven: Relationality: A Key Presupposition of an Indigenous Social Research Paradigm

Aileen Moreton-Robinson

Chapter Eight: Standing With and Speaking as Faith: A Feminist-Indigenous Approach to Inquiry

Kim TallBear

Chapter Nine: Stepping In It: How to Smell the Fullness of Indigenous Histories

Vicente Diaz

Chapter Ten: Intellectual History and Indigenous Methodology

Robert Warrior

Chapter Eleven: A Genealogy of Critical Hawaiian Studies, Late 20th to

21st Century

Noenoe K. Silva

Chapter Twelve: Placing the City: Crafting Urban Indigenous Histories

Coll Thrush

II. All in the Family

Chapter Thirteen: "I do still have a letter:" Our Sea of Archives"

Alice Te Punga Somerville

Chapter Fourteen: History with Nana: Family, Life, and the Spoken Source

Aroha Harris

Chapter Fifteen: Elder Brother as Theoretical Framework

Robert Innes

Chapter Sixteen: Histories with Communities: Struggles, Collaborations, Transformations

Amy E. Den Ouden

Chapter Seventeen: Places and Peoples: Sámi Feminist Technoscience and Supradisciplinary Research Methods

May-Britt Ohman, Uppsala University

Chapter Eighteen: Oral History

William Bauer, Jr.

III. Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality

Chapter Nineteen: Status, Sustainability, and American Indian Women in the Twentieth Century

Jacki Thompson Rand

Chapter Twenty: Representations of Violence: (Re)Telling Indigenous Women’s Stories and the Politics of Knowledge Production

Shannon Speed

Chapter Twenty-One: Feminism and History, Sources and Methods in Indigenous History

Mishuana Goeman

Chapter Twenty-Two: History and Masculinity

Brendan Hokowhitu

Chapter Twenty-Three: Indigenous is to Queer as . . . : Queer questions for Indigenous Studies

Mark Rifkin

IV. Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture

Chapter Twenty-Four: State Violence, History, and Maya Literature in Guatemala

Emilio de valle Escalante

Chapter Twenty-Five: Pieces Left Along the Trail: Material Culture Histories and Indigenous Studies

Sherry Farrell Racette, in conversation with Alan Corbiere and Crystal Migwans

Chapter Twenty-Six: Authoring Indigenous Studies in Three Dimensions: An Approach to Museum Curation

Gabrielle Tayac

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Future Tense: Indigenous Film, Pedagogy, Promise

Michelle Raheja

V. Indigenous Peoples In and Beyond the State

Chapter Twenty-Eight: Stories as Law: A Method to Live by

Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark

Chapter Twenty-Nine: Metis in the Borderlands of the Northern Plains in the Nineteenth Century

Brenda Macdougall and Nicole St-Onge

Chapter Thirty: Plotting Colonization and Recentering Indigenous Actors: Approaches to and Sources for Studying the History of Indigenous Education

Margaret D. Jacobs

Chapter Thirty-One: Laws, Codes, and Informal Practices: Building Ethical Procedures for Historical Research with Indigenous Medical Records

Mary Jane Logan McCallum

Chapter Thirty-Two: Toward a Post-Quincentennial Approach to the Study of Genocide

Jeffrey Ostler

Chapter Thirty-Three: Revealing, Reporting, and Reflecting: Indigenous Studies Research as Praxis in Reconciliation Projects

Sheryl Lightfoot

About the Editors

Chris Andersen (Michif) is Professor and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the author of "Métis": Race, Recognition and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood (2014).

Jean O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. She has authored five books, including Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England (2010).

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Historiography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural