Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature
University of Arizona Press, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 249 pages
“This book is an imagining.” So begins this collection examining critical, Indigenous-centered approaches to understanding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and Two-Spirit (GLBTQ2) lives and communities and the creative implications of queer theory in Native studies. This book is not so much a manifesto as it is a dialogue—a “writing in conversation”—among a luminous group of scholar-activists revisiting the history of gay and lesbian studies in Indigenous communities while forging a path for Indigenouscentered theories and methodologies.
The bold opening to Queer Indigenous Studies invites new dialogues in Native American and Indigenous studies about the directions and implications of queer Indigenous studies. The collection notably engages Indigenous GLBTQ2 movements as alliances that also call for allies beyond their bounds, which the co-editors and contributors model by crossing their varied identities, including Native, trans, straight, non-Native, feminist, Two-Spirit, mixed blood, and queer, to name just a few.
Rooted in the Indigenous Americas and the Pacific, and drawing on disciplines ranging from literature to anthropology, contributors to Queer Indigenous Studies call Indigenous GLBTQ2 movements and allies to center an analysis that critiques the relationship between colonialism and heteropatriarchy. By answering critical turns in Indigenous scholarship that center Indigenous epistemologies and methodologies, contributors join in reshaping Native studies, queer studies, transgender studies, and Indigenous feminisms.
Based on the reality that queer Indigenous people “experience multilayered oppression that profoundly impacts our safety, health, and survival,” this book is at once an imagining and an invitation to the reader to join in the discussion of decolonizing queer Indigenous research and theory and, by doing so, to partake in allied resistance working toward positive change.
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About the Contributors
Aboriginal activists Andrea Smith anthropology argues asegi berdache body challenge collective contemporary conversations Cree critical cultural Daniel Heath Justice decolonization Denetdale desire discourses Driskill's engage enous fa'afafine fantasy fiction feminist gender and sexuality gender diversity GLBTQ2 Indigenous Gregory Scofield heteronormative heteropatriarchy Homosexuality Ibid Indig Indigenous GLBTQ2 Indigenous studies Jace Weaver Janice Gould land Lesbian and Gay lives logics Love Medicine Metis Missionary Morgensen narrative nation-state nationhood Native American Native communities Native GLBTQ Native nations Native studies Native women Navajo Navajo Nation poem Poetry queer Indigenous queer Native queer of color queer politics queer studies queer theory Qwo-Li Driskill racial relationship role same-sex Samoa scholars Scofield settler colonialism sexual diversity sexual minority social society Sovereign Erotic sovereignty Spirit stories subjectless critique Sue-Ellen Jacobs takatapui term Two-Spirit tion Tolkien's traditional tribal Two-Spirit identity Two-Spirit organizing violence Walking with Ghosts Warrior Wesley Thomas writing Zealand