Who is an Indian?: Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas

Edited by Maximilian C. Forte

© 2013

Who is an Indian? This is possibly the oldest question facing Indigenous peoples across the Americas, and one with significant implications for decisions relating to resource distribution, conflicts over who gets to live where and for how long, and clashing principles of governance and law. For centuries, the dominant views on this issue have been strongly shaped by ideas of both race and place. But just as important, who is permitted to ask, and answer this question?

This collection examines the changing roles of race and place in the politics of defining Indigenous identities in the Americas. Drawing on case studies of Indigenous communities across North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, it is a rare volume to compare Indigenous experience throughout the western hemisphere. The contributors question the vocabulary, legal mechanisms, and applications of science in constructing the identities of Indigenous populations, and consider ideas of nation, land, and tradition in moving indigeneity beyond race.

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This collection examines the changing roles of race and place in the politics of defining Indigenous identities in the Americas.

Who is an Indian?: Race, Place, and the Politics of Indigeneity in the Americas

Edited by Maximilian C. Forte

© 2013

Who is an Indian? This is possibly the oldest question facing Indigenous peoples across the Americas, and one with significant implications for decisions relating to resource distribution, conflicts over who gets to live where and for how long, and clashing principles of governance and law. For centuries, the dominant views on this issue have been strongly shaped by ideas of both race and place. But just as important, who is permitted to ask, and answer this question?

This collection examines the changing roles of race and place in the politics of defining Indigenous identities in the Americas. Drawing on case studies of Indigenous communities across North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, it is a rare volume to compare Indigenous experience throughout the western hemisphere. The contributors question the vocabulary, legal mechanisms, and applications of science in constructing the identities of Indigenous populations, and consider ideas of nation, land, and tradition in moving indigeneity beyond race.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    “A significant addition to research, Who Is an Indian? provides an extended examination and a clear picture of indigenous identity issues in the Americas. Among the book’s important contributions are its examination of the site of interface between the modern state and Indigenous peoples, as well as its analysis of how state discourses of identities are interpolated by Indigenous peoples and come to be important sites of tension.”


    David Newhouse, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University

    Who Is an Indian? makes a strong and distinct contribution to the literature on indigenous identities. The contributors examine imposed markers of distinctiveness, particularly those racial categories that have often been formulated by experts and imposed by dominant societies. This is a topic that is rife with controversy, but it is handled here with directness and historical acumen.”


    Ronald Niezen, Department of Anthropology, McGill University
  • Author Information

    Maximilian C. Forte is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University.
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Introduction: “Who Is an Indian?” The Cultural Politics of a Bad Question
    Maximilian C. Forte (Concordia University, Sociology and Anthropology)

    Chapter One
    Inuitness and Territoriality in Canada
    Donna Patrick (Carleton University, Sociology and Anthropology and the School of Canadian Studies)

    Chapter Two
    Federally-Unrecognized Indigenous Communities in Canadian Contexts
    Bonita Lawrence (York University, Equity Studies)

    Chapter Three
    The Canary in the Coalmine: What Sociology Can Learn from Ethnic Identity Debates among American Indians
    Eva Marie Garroutte (Boston College, Sociology) and C. Matthew Snipp (Stanford University, Sociology)

    Chapter Four
    “This Sovereignty Thing”: Nationality, Blood, and the Cherokee Resurgence
    Julia Coates (University of California Davis, Native American Studies)

    Chapter Five
    Locating Identity: The Role of Place in Costa Rican Chorotega Identity
    Karen Stocker (California State University, Anthropology)

    Chapter Six
    Carib Identity, Racial Politics, and the Problem of Indigenous Recognition in Trinidad and Tobago
    Maximilian C. Forte (Concordia University, Anthropology)

    Chapter Seven
    Encountering Indigeneity: The International Funding of Indigeneity in Peru
    José Antonio Lucero (University of Washington, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies)

    Chapter Eight
    The Color of Race: Indians and Progress in a Center-Left Brazil
    Jonathan Warren (University of Washington, International Studies, Chair of Latin American Studies)

    Conclusion
    Seeing Beyond the State and Thinking beyond the State of Sight
    Maximilian C. Forte (Concordia University, Sociology and Anthropology)

    Contributors

    Index