The World of Indigenous North America
Edited by Robert Warrior
Routledge – 2012 – 544 pages
Series: Routledge Worlds
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.
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
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
Robert Warrior is Director of American Indian Studies and Native American House, and Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.