1st Edition

Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies

Edited By Chris Andersen, Jean M. O'Brien Copyright 2017
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


     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).

    "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