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1st Edition

The World of Indigenous North America

Edited By

Robert Warrior

ISBN 9781138042902
Published March 14, 2017 by Routledge
676 Pages

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Book Description

The World of Indigenous North America is a comprehensive look at issues that concern indigenous people in North America. Though no single volume can cover every tribe and every issue around this fertile area of inquiry, this book takes on the fields of law, archaeology, literature, socio-linguistics, geography, sciences, and gender studies, among others, in order to make sense of the Indigenous experience.

Covering both Canada's First Nations and the Native American tribes of the United States, and alluding to the work being done in indigenous studies through the rest of the world, the volume reflects the critical mass of scholarship that has developed in Indigenous Studies over the past decade, and highlights the best new work that is emerging in the field. The World of Indigenous North America is a book for every scholar in the field to own and refer to often.

Contributors: Chris Andersen, Joanne Barker, Duane Champagne, Matt Cohen, Charlotte Cote, Maria Cotera, Vincente M. Diaz, Elena Maria Garcia, Hanay Geiogamah, Carole Goldberg, Brendan Hokowhitu, Sharon Holland, LeAnne Howe, Shari Huhndorf, Jennie Joe, Ted Jojola, Daniel Justice, K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Jose Antonio Lucero, Tiya Miles, Felipe Molina, Victor Montejo, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Val Napoleon, Melissa Nelson, Jean M. O'Brien, Amy E. Den Ouden, Gus Palmer, Michelle Raheja, David Shorter, Noenoe K. Silva, Shannon Speed, Christopher B. Teuton, Sean Teuton, Joe Watkins, James Wilson, Brian Wright-McLeod

Table of Contents


Section 1: Preludes

Chapter 1: Cahokia and the Earthworks of North America

Chapter 2: The Mayan Universe

Chapter 3: Anasazi

Chapter 4: Indigenous Alaska

Chapter 5: Mexico

Section 2: Geographies

Chapter 6: Yoemem

Chapter 7: Native Architecture

Chapter 8: Removal

Chapter 9: Urban Landscapes

Section 3: Survival and Persistence

Chapter 10: Revitalized Languages

Chapter 11: Indigenous Scientists

Chapter 12: Recognition and Rebuilding

Chapter 13: Whaling

Section 4: Aesthetics

Chapter 14: Music from Screech Songs to Hip Hop

Chapter 15: Film

Chapter 16: Writing

Chapter 17: The History of Books in the Indigenous Americas

Chapter 18: Drama

Section 5: Institutions

Chapter 19: Government and Governance

Chapter 20: Courts, Police, and the Law

Chapter 21: Education

Chapter 22: Health

Section 6: An Indigenous World?

Chapter 23: South America

Chapter 24: Hawai'i

Chapter 25: Pacific

Chatper 26: Maori

Chapter 27: Australia

Section 7: A Complex, Modern World

Chapter 28. Sexualities

Chapter 29: Gender

Chapter 30: Afro-Native Realities

Chapter 31: Chicano Indigeneity

Chapter 32: Disability in the Indigenous Americas

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Robert Warrior is Director of American Indian Studies and Native American House, and Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The scale and breadth of this collection make it a landmark in the development of indigenous studies. The volume bursts with ideas and insights that challenge disciplinary and cultural preconceptions, while opening an array of new pathways for research and debate. Together, these authors teach us the immense potential and complex meanings embedded in the term "Indigeneity" and call us to think anew about the people it describes.
—Frederick E. Hoxie, author of This Indian Country: American Indian Political Activists and the Place They Made

A wide-ranging selection and impressive reflection of the kind of work that has transformed Indigenous Studies in recent years—by many of the scholars who have brought about that transformation.
—Colin G. Calloway, author of Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Treaties and Treaty Making in American Indian History

Readers will value this volume for its authoritative voices, the breadth of its geographic sweep, but especially for conveying what editor Robert Warrior calls "an indigenous presence and persistence."
—Paul V. Kroskrity, Chair, American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

We are in the midst of revolutionary development for Native American and Indigenous studies. Skillfully guided by Robert Warrior and featuring a range of important voices, The World of Indigenous North America will help lead the way in this exciting and productive efflorescence across disciplines.
—Chadwick Allen, 2013-14 President of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Capacious in scope, steeped in analytical rigor, and carefully woven together with an expert editorial hand, this collection of wide-ranging essays brings together some of the most exciting scholarship in the field of Indigenous Studies. At once accessible and challenging, this volume is a must read for scholars, students, and lay readers alike.
—Daniel M. Cobb, author of Native Activism in Cold War America: The Struggle for Soverignty

Warrior, a highly respected Native scholar and writer, has gathered a “broadly imagined portrait” of Indigenous studies. This collected volume outlines some of the most important intellectual and material concerns driving current scholarship and emerging from tribal communities...Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.
-N. B. Barnd, Oregon State University, CHOICE Review