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Studying African-Native Americans
Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects

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ISBN 9781138315259
March 3, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
136 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the academic study of the African and Native American contact, African cultural change in Native America, as well as the existence of African Americans with Native American ancestry and Native Americans with African ancestry in the Western Hemisphere. Drawing upon the fields of anthropology, history, and sociology that initiated research into these areas, this book attempts to provide understandings of how scholars have studied and continue to understand the experiences of African-Native Americans or individuals of blended—culturally and/or racially—African and Native American ancestry in the North, Central, and South America.

It aims to illuminate problems, perspectives, and prospects for interdisciplinary research. The first part is structured to cover the problems – past and present - encountered in investigating the scope of the topic and presents an overview of the most important academic findings. The second part provides both anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives on the lived experiences of African-Native Americans with both Native Americans and non-Native Americans. And, finally, it sketches out future directions in scholarship. 

This book will be of interest to anthropologists, historians, sociologists and Ethnic Studies and Native American and Indigenous Studies scholars, from undergraduates interest in the topic to graduate students and researchers seeking to interrogate past research or fill explanatory gaps in the literature with new research.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview

Robert Keith Collins

Part I: Problems

1. Problems in the Study of African-Native Americans

Robert Keith Collins

2. Detroit is the Black Man’s Land: The Problem of Black Indigeneity in Post-Rebellion Detroit

Kyle Mays

3. Eugenics as Indian Removal: Sociohistorical Processes and the De(con)struction of American Indians in the Southeast

Angela Gonzales, Judy Kertesz, and Gabrielle Tayac

Part II: Perspectives

4. Afro-Native Realities

Sharon Holland and Tiya Miles

5. Southern New England Pow-Wows, Race, and Native American Identity

Denene De Quintal

Part III: Prospects for Future Research

6. African and Native American Contact in Mexico, Central, and South America: Prospects for 21st Century Research

Robert Keith Collins

7. A Final Note

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Robert Keith Collins, PhD, a four-field trained anthropologist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. He holds a BA in Anthropology, a BA in Native American Studies, and a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Collins also holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from UCLA. Using a person-centered ethnographic approach, his research explores American Indian cultural changes and African and Native American interactions in North, Central, and South America.