The Routledge Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies is the first comprehensive overview of the rapidly expanding field of Indigenous scholarship. The book is ambitious in scope, ranging across disciplines and national boundaries, with particular reference to the lived conditions of Indigenous peoples in the first world.

The contributors are all themselves Indigenous scholars who provide critical understandings of indigeneity in relation to ontology (ways of being), epistemology (ways of knowing), and axiology (ways of doing) with a view to providing insights into how Indigenous peoples and communities engage and examine the worlds in which they are immersed. Sections include:

• Indigenous Sovereignty

• Indigeneity in the 21st Century

• Indigenous Epistemologies

• The Field of Indigenous Studies

• Global Indigeneity

This handbook contributes to the re-centring of Indigenous knowledges, providing material and ideational analyses of social, political, and cultural institutions and critiquing and considering how Indigenous peoples situate themselves within, outside, and in relation to dominant discourses, dominant postcolonial cultures and prevailing Western thought.

This book will be of interest to scholars with an interest in Indigenous peoples across Literature, History, Sociology, Critical Geographies, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Native Studies, Māori Studies, Hawaiian Studies, Native American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Race Studies, Queer Studies, Politics, Law, and Feminism.

chapter |6 pages


part 1|122 pages

Disciplinary knowledge and epistemology

chapter 2|14 pages


It’s not where you land; it’s how far you fly

chapter 3|15 pages

Multi-generational Indigenous feminisms

From F word to what IFs 1

chapter 4|13 pages

Against crisis epistemology

chapter 7|10 pages

Critical Indigenous methodology and the problems of history

Love and death beyond boundaries in Victorian British Columbia

chapter 8|14 pages

Decolonising psychology

Self-determination and social and emotional well-being 1

chapter 9|15 pages

Colours of creation

part 2|126 pages

Indigenous theory and method

chapter 10|16 pages

The emperor’s ‘new’ materialisms

Indigenous materialisms and disciplinary colonialism

chapter 12|13 pages

Māku Anō e Hanga Tōku Nei Whare

I myself shall build my house

chapter 13|14 pages

On the politics of Indigenous translation

Listening to Indigenous peoples in and on their own terms

chapter 14|14 pages

Auntie’s bundle

Conversation and research methodologies with Knowledge Gifter Sherry Copenace

chapter 15|12 pages

When nothingness revokes certainty

A Māori speculation

chapter 17|11 pages

“To be a good relative means being a good relative to everyone” 1

Indigenous feminisms is for everyone

chapter 18|15 pages

‘Objectivity’ and repatriation

Pulling on the colonisers’ tale

part 3|108 pages


chapter 19|12 pages

Incommensurable sovereignties

Indigenous ontology matters

chapter 20|14 pages

Mana Māori motuhake

Māori concepts and practices of sovereignty

chapter 21|12 pages

He Aliʻi Ka ʻĀina, Ua Mau Kona Ea

Land is the chief, long may she reign

chapter 22|15 pages

Relational accountability in Indigenous governance

Navigating the doctrine of distrust in the Osage Nation

chapter 24|13 pages

Striking back

The 1980s Aboriginal art movement and the performativity of sovereignty

part 4|102 pages

Political economies, ecologies, and technologies

chapter 28|14 pages

Once were Maoists

Third World currents in Fourth World anti-colonialism, Vancouver, 1967–1975

chapter 29|13 pages

Resurgent kinships

Indigenous relations of well-being vs. humanitarian health economies

chapter 30|15 pages

Indigenous environmental justice

Towards an ethical and sustainable future

chapter 31|11 pages

Diverse Indigenous environmental identities

Māori resource management innovations

chapter 32|16 pages

The ski or the wheel?

Foregrounding Sámi technological Innovation in the Arctic region and challenging its invisibility in the history of humanity

part 5|126 pages

Bodies, performance, and praxis

chapter 34|12 pages

Identity is a poor substitute for relating

Genetic ancestry, critical polyamory, property, and relations

chapter 36|13 pages

Indigenous insistence on film

chapter 38|14 pages

Entangled histories and transformative futures

Indigenous sport in the 21st century 1

chapter 39|15 pages

Raranga as healing methodology

Body, place, and making

chapter 40|15 pages

Becoming knowledgeable

Indigenous embodied praxis

chapter 41|11 pages

Nyuragil – playing the ‘game’

chapter 42|12 pages

Academic and STEM success

Pathways to Indigenous sovereignty

chapter 43|13 pages

Aboriginal child as knowledge producer

Bringing into dialogue Indigenist epistemologies and culturally responsive pedagogies for schooling