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Learn, Teach, Challenge

Approaching Indigenous Literatures

Edited by Deanna Reder & Linda M. Morra
Subjects Indigenous Studies, Literary Criticism
Series Indigenous Studies Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771121859, 485 pages, July 2016
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781771121873, 485 pages, July 2016

Table of contents

Table of
Contents for Learn, Teach, Challenge:
Approaching Indigenous Literatures, edited by Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra


| Deanna
Reder and Linda Morra


I • Position

Introduction | Deanna

Iskwewak Kah’ Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak: Re-membering Being to Signifying Female
Relations | Janice

“Introduction” from How Should I Read These? Native Women
Writers in Canada | Helen Hoy

Teaching Aboriginal Literature: The Discourse of Margins and Mainstreams | Emma LaRocque

“Preface” from Travelling Knowledges: Positioning the
Im/Migrant Reader of Aboriginal Literatures in Canada | Renate Eigenbrod

Strategies for Ethical Engagement: An Open Letter Concerning Non-Native
Scholars of Native Literatures | Sam McKegney

A Response to Sam McKegney’s “Strategies for Ethical Engagement: An Open Letter
Concerning Non-Native Scholars of Native Literatures” | Robert Appleford

Situating Self, Culture, and Purpose in Indigenous Inquiry | Margaret Kovach

Final Section Response: “The lake is the people and life that come to it”:
Location as Critical Practice | Allison Hargreaves


II • Imagining Beyond Images
and Myths

Introduction | Linda
M. Morra

A Strong Race Opinion: On the Indian Girl in Modern Fiction | E. Pauline Johnson

Indian Love Call | Drew Hayden Taylor

“Introduction” and “Marketing the Imaginary Indian” from The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture | Daniel Francis

Postindian Warriors | Gerald Vizenor

Postcolonial Ghost Dancing: Diagnosing European Colonialism | James (Sákéj) Youngblood

The Trickster Moment, Cultural Appropriation, and the Liberal Imagination | Margery Fee

Myth, Policy, and Health | Jo-Ann Episkenew

Final Section Response: Imagining beyond Images and Myths | Renae Watchman


III • Deliberating Indigenous
Literary Approaches

Introduction | Natalie

“Editor’s Note” from Looking at the Words of Our People:
First Nations Analysis of Literature | Jeannette C. Armstrong

Native Literature: Seeking a Critical Centre | Kimberly M. Blaeser

Introduction. American Indian Literary Self-Determination | Craig S. Womack

“Introduction” from Towards a Native American Critical
Theory | Elvira

Afterword: At the Gathering Place | Lisa Brooks

Gdi-nweninaa: Our Sound, Our Voice | Leanne Simpson

Responsible and Ethical Criticisms of Indigenous Literatures | Niigaanwewidam James

Final Section Response: Many Communities and the Full Humanity of Indigenous
People: A Dialogue | Kristina Fagan Bidwell and Sam McKegney


IV • Contemporary Concerns

28 Introduction | Daniel Morley Johnson

29 Appropriating Guilt:
Reconciliation in an Indigenous Canadian Context | Deena Rymhs

30 Moving beyond “Stock
Narratives” of Murdered or Missing Indigenous | Women: Reading the Poetry and
Life Writing of Sarah de Vries | Amber Dean

31 “Go Away, Water!” Kinship
Criticism and the Decolonization Imperative | Daniel Heath Justice

32 Indigenous Storytelling,
Truth-Telling, and Community Approaches to Reconciliation | Jeff Corntassel,
Chaw-win-is, and T’lakwadzi

33 Erotica, Indigenous Style
| Kateri

34 Doubleweaving Two-Spirit
Critiques: Building Alliances Between Native and Queer Studies | Qwo-Li Driskill

35 Finding Your Voice:
Cultural Resurgence and Power in Political Movement Katsisorokwas Curran

36 Final Section Response:
From haa-huu-pah to the Decolonization Imperative:
Responding to Contemporary Issues Through the TRC | Laura Moss


V • Classroom Considerations

37 Introduction | Deanna Reder and Linda M.

38 The Hunting and
Harvesting of Inuit Literature | Keavy Martin

39 “Ought We to Teach
These?”: Ethical, Responsible, and Aboriginal Cultural Protocols in the
Classroom | Marc
André Fortin

40 Who Is the Text in This
Class? Story, Archive, and Pedagogy in Indigenous Contexts | Warren Cariou

41 Teaching Indigenous
Literature as Testimony: Porcupines and
China Dolls and the Testimonial
Imaginary | Michelle

42 “Betwixt and Between”:
Alternative Genres, Languages, and Indigeneity | Sarah Henzi

43 A Landless Territory?:
Augmented Reality, Land, and Indigenous Storytelling in Cyberspace | David Gaertner

44 Final Section Response:
Positioning Knowledges, Building Relationships, Practising Self-Reflection, Collaborating
across Differences | Sophie McCall


Works Cited

About the Contributors



This is a collection of classic and newly commissioned essays about the study of Indigenous literatures in North America. The contributing scholars include some of the most venerable Indigenous theorists, among them Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe), Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan), Craig Womack (Creek), Kimberley Blaeser (Anishinaabe), Emma LaRocque (Métis), Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee), Janice Acoose (Saulteaux), and Jo-Ann Episkenew (Métis). Also included are settler scholars foundational to the field, including Helen Hoy, Margery Fee, and Renate Eigenbrod. Among the newer voices are both settler and Indigenous theorists such as Sam McKegney, Keavy Martin, and Niigaanwewidam Sinclair.

The volume is organized into five subject areas: Position, the necessity of considering where you come from and who you are; Imagining Beyond Images and Myths, a history and critique of circulating images of Indigenousness; Debating Indigenous Literary Approaches; Contemporary Concerns, a consideration of relevant issues; and finally Classroom Considerations, pedagogical concerns particular to the field. Each section is introduced by an essay that orients the reader and provides ideological context. While anthologies of literary criticism have focused on specific issues related to this burgeoning field, this volume is the first to offer comprehensive perspectives on the subject.


"Reder and Morra offer this anthology as a way to facilitate positive representation and inclusion of Indigenous texts and to foster solidarity in university settings that have historically marginalized Indigenous voices. Their offering is valuable contribution to the field for teachers and students alike. "

- Alexander Cavanaugh, Transmotion