Transnational Indians in the North American West
Native American Studies - Western History - Anthropology
6.125 x 9.25, 312 pp.
12 b&w figures. 7 maps. 4 tables. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 10/28/2015
Connecting the Greater West Series
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Transnational Indians in the North American West

Edited by Clarissa Confer, Andrae Marak, and Laura Tuennerman
Foreword by Sterling Evans

This collection of eleven original essays goes beyond traditional, border-driven studies to place the histories of Native Americans, indigenous peoples, and First Nation peoples in a larger context than merely that of the dominant nation.

As Transnational Indians in the North American West shows, transnationalism can be expressed in various ways. To some it can be based on dependency, so that the history of the indigenous people of the American Southwest can only be understood in the larger context of Mexico and Central America. Others focus on the importance of movement between Indian and non-Indian worlds as Indians left their (reserved) lands to work, hunt, fish, gather, pursue legal cases, or seek out education, to name but a few examples. Conversely, even natives who remained on reserved lands were nonetheless transnational inasmuch as the reserves did not fully “belong” to them but were administered by a nation-state.

Boundaries that scholars once viewed as impermeable, it turns out, can be quite porous. This book stands to be an important contribution to the scholarship that is increasingly breaking free of old boundaries.

CLARISSA CONFER is associate professor of history at California University of Pennsylvania and the author of Daily Life in Pre-Columbian Native America. ANDRAE MARAK is chair of humanities and social sciences and professor of history and political science at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, and the author of From Many, One: Indians, Peasants, Borders, and Education in Callista, Mexico, 1924–1935. LAURA TUENNERMAN is professor of history at California University of Pennsylvania and the coauthor of At the Border of Empires: The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880–1934.

What Readers Are Saying:

"This wide-ranging and innovative collection places indigenous peoples at the heart of North America’s borderlands history.  It is a valuable addition to Native American, borderlands, and transnational history."—Benjamin H. Johnson, Loyola University, Chicago

“This breathtakingly expansive collection narrates the experiences of dozens of indigenous groups and covers everything chronologically from Mesoamerica to the present, geographically from Mexico to Canada, and a wide range of themes including archaeology, gaming, raiding, citizenship, religion, colonization, assimilation, migration, and land rights. It advances new concepts of transnationalism and should be read by everyone interested in comparative indigenous histories of North America and beyond. Above all, it shows how our continent has always been, and is today, shaped by native peoples who despite their many differences also share much in common.”—Geraldo L. Cadava, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, author of Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard, 2013)


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