Who is an Indian?

SKU: 9780802095527

Maximilian C. Forte
Grade Levels:
College, University
Cherokee, Inuit, Metis, Mi'kmaq, Pequot
Book Type:
University of Toronto Press
Copyright Date:

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Who is an Indian? is possibly the oldest question facing Indigenous peoples across the Americas, and one with significant implications for decisions relating to resource distribution, conflicts over who gets to live where and for how long, and clashing principles of governance and law. For centuries, the dominant views on this issue have been strongly shaped by ideas of both race and place. But just as important, who is permitted to ask, and answer this question? Who is an Indian?: Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigenity in the Americas edited by Maximilian Forte is a collection of 8 essays examining the changing roles of race and place in the politics of defining Indigenous identities in the Americas. Drawing on case studies of Indigenous communities across North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, it is a rare volume to compare Indigenous experience throughout the western hemisphere. The contributors question the vocabulary, legal mechanisms, and applications of science in constructing the identities of Indigenous populations, and consider ideas of nation, land, and tradition in moving indigeneity beyond race. Of particular interest is Bonita Lawrence's Federally Unrecognized Indigenous Communities in Canadian Contexts.

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