1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Global Indigenous History

Edited By Ann McGrath, Lynette Russell Copyright 2022
    798 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    798 Pages 74 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Global Indigenous History presents exciting new innovations in the dynamic field of Indigenous global history while also outlining ethical, political, and practical research.

    Indigenous histories are not merely concerned with the past but have resonances for the politics of the present and future, ranging across vast geographical distances and deep time periods. The volume starts with an introduction that explores definitions of Indigenous peoples, followed by six thematic sections which each have a global spread: European uses of history and the positioning of Indigenous people as history’s outsiders; their migrations and mobilities; colonial encounters; removals and diasporas; memory, identities, and narratives; deep histories and pathways towards future Indigenous histories that challenge the nature of the history discipline itself. This book illustrates the important role of Indigenous history and Indigenous knowledges for contemporary concerns, including climate change, spirituality and religious movements, gender negotiations, modernity and mobility, and the meaning of ‘nation’ and the ‘global’. Reflecting the state of the art in Indigenous global history, the contributors suggest exciting new directions in the field, examine its many research challenges and show its resonances for a global politics of the present and future.

    This book is invaluable reading for students in both undergraduate and postgraduate Indigenous history courses.

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Ann McGrath and Lynette Russell

    Part I: History’s Outsiders

    Chapter 2 European Uses of History

    Henning Trüper

    Chapter 3 Theoretical Frontiers

    Ben Silverstein

    Chapter 4 Indigenous Peoples in Asia: A Long History 

    Robert Cribb

    Chapter 5 World Conservation and Genocidal Frontiers: Global Environmentalism, Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Humanity in the Early Twentieth Century  

    Fiona Paisley

    Part II: Migrations and Mobilities

    Chapter 6 Indigenous Global Histories and Modern Human Origins 

    Martin Porr

    Chapter 7 Singing to Ancestors: Respecting and Re-telling Stories Woven Through Ancient Ancestral Lands

    Paulette Steeves

    Chapter 8 The Case for Continuity of Human Occupation and Rock Art Production in the Kimberley, Australia

    Peter Veth, Sam Harper, Kane Ditchfield, Sven Ouzman, and Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation

    Chapter 9 Voyagers from the Havai‘i Diaspora: Polynesian Mobility, 1760s–1850s  

    Kate Fullagar

    Chapter 10 Walking the Indigenous City: Colonial Encounters at the Heart of Empire

    Coll Thrush

    Part III: Colonial Encounters

    Chapter 11 Treatied Space: North American Indigenous Treaties in Global Context 

    Joy Porter

    Chapter 12 Sámi Indigeneity in Nineteenth-Century Swedish and British Intellectual Debates 

    Linda Andersson Burnett 

    Chapter 13 Language, Translation, and Transformation in Indigenous Histories 

    Laura Rademaker

    Chapter 14 ‘The Case of Polly Indian’: Enslavement, Native Ancestry, and the Law in the British Caribbean

    Brooke Newman

    Chapter 15 Rethinking the Colonial Encounter in the Age of Trauma 

    Taylor Spence

    Part IV: Removals and Diasporas

    Chapter 16 Sexual Removals: Indigenous Genders and Sexualities as Territory 

    Manuela Picq

    Chapter 17 Reimagining Home: Indian Removal, Native Storytelling, and the Search for Belonging  

    Greg Smithers

    Chapter 18 Because of Her We Can: Gender and Diaspora in Australian Exemption Policies 

    Lucinda Aberdeen, Katherine Ellinghaus, Kella Robinson, and Judi Wickes

    Chapter 19 Damage and Dispossession: Indigenous People and Nuclear Weapons on Bikini Atoll and the Pitjantjatjara Lands, 1946 to 1988 

    Heather Goodall

    Chapter 20 The Bones of Our Mother: Adivasi Dispossession in an Indian State 

    Devleena Ghosh

    Part V: Memory, Identities, and Narratives

    Chapter 21 Indigenous Narratives, Separations, Denials and Memories: Moving Beyond Loss

    Lynette Russell

    Chapter 22 Remembering Removal: Indigenous Narratives of Colonial Collecting Practices in the Gulf of Papua (Papua New Guinea)

    Chris Urwin

    Chapter 23 Indigenous History and Identity in the Caribbean 

    Barry Higman

    Chapter 24 Subttsasa Biehtsevuomátjistema: Recalling the Memories and Stories from Our Little Pine Forest 

    May-Britt Öhman

    Chapter 25 Assisting Indigenous Resistance through Secularism: Legal Limits to Christianisation in Canada (1867–1939) 

    Claude Gélinas


    Part VI: Pathways Towards Future Indigenous Histories

    Chapter 26 Transmission’s End? Cataclysm and Chronology in Indigenous Oral Tradition

    Chris Ballard

    Chapter 27 Archaeology, Hybrid Knowledge and Community Engagement in Africa: Thoughts on Decolonising Practice 

    Paul Lane

    Chapter 28 Indigenous Photography as Subject and Method for Global History 

    Oliver Haag

    Chapter 29 African Literature as Indigenous History in South Africa’s ‘Decolonise the Curriculum’ Movement 

    Ashleigh Harris

    Chapter 30 Haptic History in Southeast Asia – Archiving the Past in Bodies and Landscapes

    Emilie Wellfelt

    Chapter 31 The Uses of History in Greenland 

    Claire McLisky and Kirstine Eiby Møller

    Chapter 32 Yuraki – An Australian Aboriginal Perspective on Deep History 

    John Maynard

    Chapter 33 Deep History’s Digital Footprints  

    Ann McGrath


    Ann McGrath is the WK Hancock Distinguished Professor of History at the Australian National University, an ARC Laureate Fellow and Director of the Research Centre for Deep History.

    Lynette Russell is an ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow at Monash University’s Indigenous Studies Centre and Deputy Director of the ARC’s Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage