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Introduction
Settler colonialism and its cultural archives—ways of reading
ByYu-ting Huang, Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
Pages 16

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book demonstrates how an engagement with Indigenous-centered scholarship can bring around deeper understanding of Indigenous survivance, which productively challenges the assumption of settler perpetuity. It examines how a South African settler composer "domesticates" Indigenous musical motifs as a way to remedy private discontent with the European avant-garde. The book describes how a folk ballad circulating in early twentieth-century Australian rural districts contains settler workers' responses to perceived competition from local Indigenous workers. It concerns space of decolonization that takes place locally in one community and around one public project in the Far North of Aotearoa New Zealand. The book focuses on space as an archive and read the landscape as palimpsestically recording developments in the settler state. It also focuses on atypical "subordinate" settlers and the archive of their experiences, where race relations are often more complex than peoples conventionally understand.