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Hemispheric Indigeneities

Native Identity and Agency in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Canada

Miléna Santoro

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 11/2018
Pages: 462
Subject: Social Science
eBook ISBN: 9781496208675


Hemispheric Indigeneities is a critical anthology that brings together indigenous and nonindigenous scholars specializing in the Andes, Mesoamerica, and Canada. The overarching theme is the changing understanding of indigeneity from first contact to the contemporary period in three of the world's major regions of indigenous peoples. Although the terms indio, indigène, and indian only exist (in Spanish, French, and English, respectively) because of European conquest and colonization, indigenous peoples have appropriated or changed this terminology in ways that reflect their shifting self-identifications and aspirations. As the essays in this volume demonstrate, this process constantly transformed the relation of Native peoples in the Americas to other peoples and the state. This volume's presentation of various factors—geographical, temporal, and cross-cultural—provide illuminating contributions to the burgeoning field of hemispheric indigenous studies.Hemispheric Indigeneities explores indigenous agency and shows that what it means to be indigenous was and is mutable. It also demonstrates that self-identification evolves in response to the relationship between indigenous peoples and the state. The contributors analyze the conceptions of what indigeneity meant, means today, or could come to mean tomorrow.  


Miléna Santoro is an associate professor of French and Francophone studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of Mothers of Invention: Feminist Authors and Experimental Fiction in France and Quebec. Erick D. Langer is a professor of history at Georgetown University. He is the author of Expecting Pears from an Elm Tree: Franciscan Missions on the Chiriguano Frontier in the Heart of South America, 1830–1949 and coeditor of The New Latin American Mission History (Nebraska, 1995).  


"This collection makes a tremendous contribution to burgeoning discussions of Indigeneity. In rich and fascinating detail, each chapter elaborates processes and meanings of 'being' and 'becoming' Indigenous across time and geographic space in the Americas. It is sure to enrich hemispheric and global dialogue about the nuances, diversity, complexities, and contradictions of Indigeneity both historically and in the contemporary world."—Laura R. Graham, professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa and coeditor of Performing Indigeneity: Global Histories and Contemporary Experiences