Voicing Identity: Cultural Appropriation and Indigenous Issues
Published: November 2022© 2022
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 336 Pages
Illustrations: 5 b&w illustrations
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
336 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in, 5 b&w illustrations
Written by leading Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, Voicing Identity examines the issue of cultural appropriation in the contexts of researching, writing, and teaching about Indigenous peoples. This book grapples with the questions of who is qualified to engage in these activities and how this can be done appropriately and respectfully.
The authors address these questions from their individual perspectives and experiences, often revealing their personal struggles and their ongoing attempts to resolve them. There is diversity in perspectives and approaches, but also a common goal: to conduct research and teach in respectful ways that enhance understanding of Indigenous histories, cultures, and rights, and promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Bringing together contributors with diverse backgrounds and unique experiences, Voicing Identity will be of interest to students and scholars studying Indigenous issues as well as anyone seeking to engage in the work of making Canada a model for just relations between the original peoples and newcomers.
John Borrows and Kent McNeil
1. Su-taxwiye: Keeping My Name Clean
2. At the Corner of Hawks and Powell: Settler Colonialism, Indigenous People, and the Conundrum of Double Permanence
3. Look at Your "Pantses": The Art of Wearing and Representing Indigenous Culture as Performative Relationship
4. Indigenous Legal Traditions, De-sacralization, Re-sacralization, and the Space for Not-Knowing
5. Mino-audjiwaewin: Choosing Respect, Even in Times of Conflict
6. How Could You Sleep When Beds Are Burning? Cultural Appropriation and the Place of Non-Indigenous Academics
7. Who Should Teach Indigenous Law?
Karen Drake and A. Christian Airhart
8. Reflections on Cultural Appropriation
9. Turning Away from the State: Cultural Appropriation in the Shadow of the Courts
10. Voice and Indigenous Rights
11. Guided by Voices? Perspective and Pluralism in the Constitutional Order
12. NONU WEL,WEL TI,Á NE TȺ,EȻEȽ: Our Canoe Is Really Tippy
kQwa'st'not and Hannah Askew
13. Sharp as a Knife: Judge Begbie and Reconciliation
14. On Getting It Right the First Time: Researching the Constitution Express
15. Confronting Dignity Injustices
"This book is a beautiful and fearless gift to those willing to be challenged about popular public claims regarding a range of cultural appropriation issues. The editors and contributors have created a rich and contextual resource to generate critical conversations about forms of lateral violence and unproductive silencing, and about our need for ‘deliberate unknowing’ so we have space for real learning, practical institutional change, and inclusivity. This collection invites us to ask how ‘Raven steals the sun,’ making sure ‘we look both ways’ when reconsidering history, and thinking about the ‘we’ and the ‘ours.’"Val Napoleon, IPC, Cree, Saulteau First Nation, Acting Dean and Professor and Law Foundation Chair of Indigenous Justice and Governance, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria
"A highly stimulating and engaging contribution to a much-debated topic – all the more absorbing because the authors come from a wide range of backgrounds and ground their contributions in their personal experiences. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in the subject."Brian Slattery, Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
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