1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of North American Indigenous Modernisms

Edited By Kirby Brown, Stephen Ross, Alana Sayers Copyright 2023
    328 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of North American Indigenous Modernisms provides a powerful suite of innovative contributions by both leading thinkers and emerging scholars in the field. Incorporating an international scope of essays, this volume reaches beyond traditional national or euroamerican boundaries to locate North American Indigenous modernities and modernisms in a hemispheric context. Covering key theoretical approaches and topics, this volume includes:

    • Diverse explorations of Indigenous cultural and intellectual production in treatments of dance, poetry, vaudeville, autobiography, radio, cinema, and more
    • Investigation of how we think about Indigenous lives, literatures, and cultural productions in North America from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
    • Surveys of critical geographies of Indigenous literary and cultural studies, including refocused and reframed exploration of the diverse cultures, knowledges, traditions, geographies, experiences, and formal innovations that inform Indigenous literary, intellectual, and cultural productions

    The Routledge Handbook of North American Indigenous Modernisms presents fresh insight to modernist studies, acknowledging and reconciling the occluded histories of Indigenous erasure, and inviting both students and scholars to expand their understanding of the field.


    Philip J. Deloria


    Introductory Conversation

    Kirby Brown, Stephen Ross, Alana Sayers



    1. When a Mound Isn’t a Mound, But Is: Figuring (and Fissuring) Earthworks in Lynn Riggs’s The Cherokee Night

    Chadwick Allen

    2. Modernist Activities and Native Acts in and around Northern New Mexico

    Geneva M. Gano

    3. "God Gave Us the Seals": Makah Relational Modernity and the Consequences of Settler Conservation

    Joshua Reid

    4. Geographies of Allotment Modernisms

    Jonathan Radocay

    5. Beyond the Bureau of American Ethnology: Remembering the Alaska Native Brotherhood/Sisterhood as a Co-National Network of Indigenous Writers

    Michael Taylor

    6. The Unsettling Times of Zitkála-Šá and Grazia Deledda

    Sonita Sarker



    7. John Joseph Mathews, Francis La Flesche, and the Indigenous World of the North American Midcontinent

    Angela Calcaterra

    8. Corporate Tribalism: Indigeneity, Modernity, and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

    Shari M. Huhndorf

    9. Indigeneity and the Caribbean: Some Periodical Perspectives

    Louise Kane

    10. Native/Black Birds: Voicing the Ruptures of Modernity through Joy Harjo’s Indigenous Jazz Poetics

    Audrey Goodman

    11. Casualties of Modernism: The Affects and Afterlives of Kent Monkman’s Automobiles

    Deena Rymhs



    12. The Form(s) of Allotment

    Mark Rifkin

    13. Fugitive Indigeneity in Paul Green’s The Last of the Lowries and Lynn Riggs’s The Cherokee Night

    James H. Cox and Alexander Pettit

    14. Minor Characters, Modernity, and the Indigenous Modernist Novel: John Joseph Mathews, D’Arcy McNickle, and John Milton Oskison

    Leif Sorensen

    15. Indigenous Modernity on Celluloid at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

    Cristina Stanciu

    16. Henry Starr’s Outlaw Modernism

    Jenna Hunnef



    17. False Idols: Totemism, Reification, and Anishinaabe Culture in Modernist Thought

    Adam Spry

    18. Performance Circuits, Vaudeville Bits, and Indigenous Resilience

    Christine Bold

    19. Indigenous Cinema and the Studio System: The Case of Edwin Carewe’s The Snowbird (1916)

    Joanna Hearne

    20. Syncretic Modernism and The Chemawa American

    Amanda J. Zink

    21. The Five Moons: Ballet's Modernist Indigenous Starscape

    Shannon Toll


    Afterword: Troubling the Indigenous Modern

    Daniel Heath Justice


    Kirby Brown is an Associate Professor of Native American Literatures in the Department of English and the Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Oregon. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

    Stephen Ross is a Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria.

    Alana Sayers is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Victoria specializing in Indigenous literatures and Native American and Indigenous Studies. She is Hupačasath (Nuu-chah-nulth) and Kipohtakaw (Cree, Treaty 6) First Nations.