Creative Adaptations: Indigenous Representations of Self
I am currently seeking a moderator and panelists to join a presentation on theorizing indigenous people's bodies as complex representations of cultural and political identity. Such an approach should address questions such as: How have indigenous people shaped their political and personal identities over time? In what ways have indigenous communities contributed to the shaping of national identities? How have Native people used their bodies as assertions of independence or difference? How does gender influence self-representation? How can scholars read visual evidence of indigenous perspective? My own work focuses on Arizona tribal participation in the construction of American Indian
citizenship between 1914 and 1948 through a gendered analysis of creative linguistic and corporeal adaptations to changing indigenous status within the Arizonan body politic. A comparative panel would be ideal to show similarities and significant differences between indigenous adaptations to their shifting physical, social, and political environments in the midst of emerging nation/states. Ethnohistorical approaches that incorporate body theory, cultural
history, andgender theory in post-colonial settings would be most suitable.
This panel will be proposed for the Ethnohistory Conference in November 2007 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Submissions are due June 15, and interested panelists should respond to this call for panelists by April 15.
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