Indigenous Women and Feminism

Politics, Activism, Culture
  • Citation: Suzack, Cheryl, Shari M. Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman. Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, and Culture. Toronto: UBC Press, 2010.
    • Topics:
    • Movements for Inclusion
    • Keywords:
    • Inuit women
    • Cherokee women
    • Indigenous feminism
    • leadership
    • politics

Can the specific concerns of Indigenous women be addressed within current mainstream feminist and post-colonial discussions? Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture proposes that a dynamic new line of inquiry – Indigenous feminism – is necessary to truly engage with the crucial issues of cultural identity, nationalism, and decolonization particular to Indigenous contexts. Through the lenses of politics, activism, and culture, this wide-ranging collection examines the historical roles of Indigenous women, their intellectual and activist work, and the relevance of contemporary literature, art, and performance for an emerging Indigenous feminist project. The questions at the heart of these essays – What is at stake in conceptualizing Indigenous feminism? How does feminism relate to Indigenous claims to land and sovereignty? What lessons can we learn from the past? How do Indigenous women engage ongoing violence and social and political marginalization? – cross disciplinary, national, academic, and activist boundaries to explore deeply the unique political and social positions of Indigenous women. A vital and sophisticated discussion that will change the way we think about modern feminism, Indigenous Women and Feminism will be invaluable to scholars, activists, artists, community organizers, and those concerned with Indigenous and feminist issues at home and abroad. Feminist and Indigenous scholars, activists, artists, and community organizers will welcome this thoughtful discussion of the complex issues involved in building and thinking through Indigenous feminism.

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