Indigenous Bodies

Reviewing, Relocating, Reclaiming

Edited by Jacqueline Fear-Segal & Rebecca Tillett

Subjects: Indigenous Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Anthropology, History, Cultural Studies
Paperback : 9781438448206, 245 pages, July 2014
Hardcover : 9781438448213, 245 pages, October 2013

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Table of contents

Editor’s Introduction
Jacqueline Fear-Segal and Rebecca Tillett
Foreword: “Of bodies changed to other forms I tell”:
Tumblebuggery, Creation Stories, and Songs
Carter Revard
Part I. Visual Representations
1. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Indigenous Bodies, Indigenous Stories in a Post-Columbian World
Carolyn Kastner
2. Restating Idigenous Presence in Eastern Dakota and Ho Chunk (Winnebago) Portraits of the 1830s-1860s
Stephanie Pratt
Part II. Dismemberment and Display
3. Plaster-Cast Indians at the National Museum
Jacqueline Fear-Segal
4. William Lanné’s Pipe: Reclaiming the “Last” Tasmanian Male
Lynette Russell
Part III. Gender and Sexuality
5. Sodomy, Ambiguity, and Feminization: Homosexual Meanings and the Male Native American Body
Max Carocci
6. Devil with the Face of an Angel: Physical and Moral Descriptions of Aboriginal People by Missionary Émile Petitot
Murielle Nagy
photo gallery follows page 98
Part IV. Imagination and Commodification
7. Marketing Indigenous Bodies in the Fiction of Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, and Sherman Alexie
Joanna Ziarkowska
8. Stories from the Womb—Esther Belin’s From the Belly of My Beauty
Ewelina Bańka
Part V. Dis-ease and Healing

9. Prayer with Pain: Ceremonial Suffering among the Mi’kmaq
Suzanne Owen
10. Coping with Colonization: Aboriginal Diabetes on Manitoulin Island
Darrel Manitowabi and Marion Maar
Part VI. Physical Landscapes
11. Representing Indigenous Bodies in Epeli Hau’ofa and Syaman Rapogan
Hsinya Huang
12. The Many Indigenous Bodies of Kai Tahu
Khyla Russell and Samuel Mann

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.