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Violence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past and Engaging the Present
edited by Susan Sleeper-Smith, Jeff Ostler and Joshua L. Reid
contributions by Forrest Hylton, Amy Lonetree, Lucinda Rasmussen, Liz Przybylski, Beth H. Piatote, Ashley Riley Sousa, Sylvia Soto, Scott Manning Stevens, Brenda J. Child, Kealani Cook, Nick Estes, Christine M. DeLucia, Alicia Ivonne Estrada, Amber Hickey and Rauna Kuokkanen
Northwestern University Press
Paper: 978-0-8101-4296-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-4297-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-4298-5


In contrast to past studies that focus narrowly on war and massacre, treat Native peoples as victims, and consign violence safely to the past, this interdisciplinary collection of essays opens up important new perspectives. While recognizing the long history of genocidal violence against Indigenous peoples, the contributors emphasize the agency of individuals and communities in genocide’s aftermath and provide historical and contemporary examples of activism, resistance, identity formation, historical memory, resilience, and healing. The collection also expands the scope of violence by examining the eyewitness testimony of women and children who survived violence, the role of Indigenous self-determination and governance in inciting violence against women, and settler colonialism’s promotion of cultural erasure and environmental destruction.

By including contributions on Indigenous peoples in the United States, Canada, the Pacific, Greenland, Sápmi, and Latin America, the volume breaks down nation-state and European imperial boundaries to show the value of global Indigenous frameworks. Connecting the past to the present, this book confronts violence as an ongoing problem and identifies projects that mitigate and push back against it.

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