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Indigenous Women and Feminism

Politics, Activism, Culture

Can the specific concerns of Indigenous women be addressed by mainstream feminism? Indigenous Women and Feminism proposes that a dynamic new line of inquiry – Indigenous feminism – is necessary to truly engage with the crucial issues of cultural identity, nationalism, and decolonization particular to Indigenous contexts.

Through the lenses of politics, activism, and culture, this wide-ranging collection crosses disciplinary, national, academic, and activist boundaries to explore deeply the unique political and social positions of Indigenous women. A vital and sophisticated discussion, these timely essays will change the way we think about modern feminism and Indigenous women.

344 pages

Table of Contents

Indigenous Feminism: Theorizing the Issues / Shari M. Huhndorf and Cheryl Suzack

Part 1: Politics

1 From the Tundra to the Boardroom to Everywhere in Between: Politics and the Changing Roles of Inuit Women in the Arctic / Minnie Grey

2 Native Women and Leadership: An Ethics of Culture and Relationship / Rebecca Tsosie

3 “But we are your mothers, you are our sons”: Gender, Sovereignty, and the Nation in Early Cherokee Women’s Writing / Laura E. Donaldson

4 Indigenous Feminism: The Project / Patricia Penn Hilden and Leece M. Lee

Part 2: Activism

5 Affirmations of an Indigenous Feminist / Kim Anderson

6 Indigenous Women and Feminism on the Cusp of Contact / Jean Barman

7 Reaching Toward a Red-Black Coalition Feminism: Anna Julia Cooper’s “Woman versus the Indian” / Teresa Zackodnik

8 Emotion Before the Law / Cheryl Suzack

9 Beyond Feminism: Indigenous Ainu Women and Narratives of Empowerment in Japan / ann-elise lewallen

Part 3: Culture

10 Indigenous Feminism, Performance, and the Politics of Memory in the Plays of Monique Mojica / Shari M. Huhndorf

11 “Memory Alive”: An Inquiry into the Uses of Memory by Marilyn Dumont, Jeannette Armstrong, Louise Halfe, and Joy Harjo / Jeanne Perreault

12 To Spirit Walk the Letter and the Law: Gender, Race, and Representational Violence in Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson’s Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman / Julia Emberley

13 Painting the Archive: The Art of Jane Ash Poitras / Pamela McCallum

14 “Our Lives Will Be Different Now”: The Indigenous Feminist Performances of Spiderwoman Theater / Katherine Young Evans

15 Bordering on Feminism: Space, Solidarity, and Transnationalism in Rebecca Belmo

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