An interdisciplinary exploration of indigenous bodies.
This interdisciplinary collection of essays, by both Natives and non-Natives, explores presentations and representations of indigenous bodies in historical and contemporary contexts. Recent decades have seen a wealth of scholarship on the body in a wide range of disciplines. Indigenous Bodies extends this scholarship in exciting new ways, bringing together the disciplinary expertise of Native studies scholars from around the world. The book is particularly concerned with the Native body as a site of persistent fascination, colonial oppression, and indigenous agency, along with the endurance of these legacies within Native communities. At the core of this collection lies a dual commitment to exposing numerous and diverse disempowerments of indigenous peoples, and to recognizing the many ways in which these same people retained and/or reclaimed agency. Issues of reviewing, relocating, and reclaiming bodies are examined in the chapters, which are paired to bring to light juxtapositions and connections and further the transnational development of indigenous studies.
Jacqueline Fear-Segal is Reader in American History and Culture at the University of East Anglia and the author of White Man's Club: Schools, Race, and the Struggle of Indian Acculturation. Rebecca Tillett is Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture at the University of East Anglia and the author of Contemporary Native American Literature.