ABSTRACT

Sources and Methods in Indigenous Studies is a synthesis of changes and innovations in methodologies in Indigenous Studies, focusing on sources over a broad chronological and geographical range. Written by a group of highly respected Indigenous Studies scholars from across an array of disciplines, this collection offers insight into the methodological approaches contributors take to research, and how these methods have developed in recent years.

The book has a two-part structure that looks, firstly, at the theoretical and disciplinary movement of Indigenous Studies within history, literature, anthropology, and the social sciences. Chapters in this section reveal that, while engaging with other disciplines, Indigenous Studies has forged its own intellectual path by borrowing and innovating from other fields. In part two, the book examines the many different areas with which sources for indigenous history have been engaged, including the importance of family, gender, feminism, and sexuality, as well as various elements of expressive culture such as material culture, literature, and museums. Together, the chapters offer readers an overview of the dynamic state of the field in Indigenous Studies.

This book shines a spotlight on the ways in which scholarship is transforming Indigenous Studies in methodologically innovative and exciting ways, and will be essential reading for students and scholars in the field.

 

chapter |12 pages

Introduction – Indigenous Studies: An appeal for methodological promiscuity

ByCHRIS ANDERSEN AND JEAN M. O’BRIEN

part |2 pages

Part I Emerging from the past

part |2 pages

Part II Alternative sources and methodological reorientations

chapter I|68 pages

Reframing Indigenous Studies

chapter II|50 pages

All in the family

chapter III|44 pages

Feminism, gender, and sexuality

chapter IV|34 pages

Indigenous literature and expressive culture

chapter V|58 pages

Indigenous peoples in and beyond the state