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  • Introduction. Critically Sovereign / Joanne Barker  1
    1. Indigenous Hawaiian Sexuality and the Politics of Nationalist Decolonization / J. Kehaulani Kauanui  45
    2. Return to "The Uprising at Beautiful Mountain in 1913": Marriage and Sexuality in the Making of the Modern Navajo Nation / Jennifer Nez Denetdale  69
    3. Ongoing Storms and Struggles: Gendered Violence and Resource Exploitation / Mishuana R. Goeman  99
    4. Audiovisualizing Inupiaq Men and Masculinities On the Ice / Jessica Bissett Perrea  127
    5. Around 1978: Family, Culture, and Race in the Federal Production of Indianness / Mark Rifkin  169
    6. Loving Unbecoming: The Queer Politics of the Transitive Native / Jodi A. Byrd  207
    7. Getting Dirty: The Eco-Eroticism of Women in Indigenous Oral Literatures / Melissa K. Nelson  229
    Contributor Biographies  261
    Index  263
  • Jessica Bissett Perea

    Jodi A. Byrd

    Jennifer Nez Denetdale

    Mishuana Goeman

    J. Kehaulani Kauanui

    Melissa Nelson

    Mark Rifkin

  • "Through a collective of brilliant voices, the essays in this book grapple with the significance of gender, sexuality, and politics with searing wisdom. Critically Sovereign gives readers a reason to hope for a decolonized tomorrow."


  • "Through a collective of brilliant voices, the essays in this book grapple with the significance of gender, sexuality, and politics with searing wisdom. Critically Sovereign gives readers a reason to hope for a decolonized tomorrow."

  • "Critically Sovereign is pure Indigenous brilliance from start to finish, making intelligent, incisive, and elegant interventions in fields often wrought by division and controversy. These outstanding essays embody the highest levels of excellence and ground conversations around gender, sexuality, and feminist studies in the proper frame—Indigenous self-determination. This is a book I've been waiting for." — Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of, Dancing on Our Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence, and a New Emergence

    "This volume argues compellingly that Indigenous peoplehood, landed inhabitance, and interrogations of the power of settler states should focalize theories of gender and sexuality, and that gender and sexual politics must be understood as being key to the very question of indigeneity within Indigenous studies. Critically Sovereign will have a lasting impact within numerous fields for years to come." — Scott L. Morgensen, author of, Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization

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    Critically Sovereign traces the ways in which gender is inextricably a part of Indigenous politics and U.S. and Canadian imperialism and colonialism. The contributors show how gender, sexuality, and feminism work as co-productive forces of Native American and Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and epistemology. Several essays use a range of literary and legal texts to analyze the production of colonial space, the biopolitics of “Indianness,” and the collisions and collusions between queer theory and colonialism within Indigenous studies. Others address the U.S. government’s criminalization of traditional forms of Diné marriage and sexuality, the Iñupiat people's changing conceptions of masculinity as they embrace the processes of globalization, Hawai‘i’s same-sex marriage bill, and stories of Indigenous women falling in love with non-human beings such as animals, plants, and stars. Following the politics of gender, sexuality, and feminism across these diverse historical and cultural contexts, the contributors question and reframe the thinking about Indigenous knowledge, nationhood, citizenship, history, identity, belonging, and the possibilities for a decolonial future.

    Contributors. Jodi A. Byrd, Joanne Barker, Jennifer Nez Denetdale, Mishuana Goeman,  J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Melissa K. Nelson, Jessica Bissett Perea, Mark Rifkin

    About The Author(s)

    Joanne Barker is Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, the author of Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity, also published by Duke University Press, and the editor of Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination.
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