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New Titles in Indigenous Studies

New Titles in Indigenous Studies

By Clare Hitchens Date: November 23, 2017 Tags: Blog


Contributors and supporters of Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island spent the summer excitedly snapping pictures of the book on the BC Ferries and posting to social media. This book, which collects Indigenous stories from across North America, was released in June and has had great success right out of the gate. Edited by a team of scholars led by Sophie McCall, Read, Listen, Tell is part of our award-winning Indigenous Studies series. Currently, we are hard at work creating a teaching guide for this book that targets both secondary and undergraduate courses. The guide will be available in print and open access on our website.

If you want a primer on Indigenous cultural expressions, this is for you. If you want deft, detailed stories in Indigenous written, oral, and graphic traditions, these will expand your thinking. Read, Listen, Tell will make you laugh, dream, and search for more.
—Niigaan Sinclair, CBC Books

Also in the Indigenous studies series is Violence Against Indigenous Women: Literature, Activism, Resistance by Allison Hargreaves, a settler-scholar at UBC Okanagan. This book analyzes the socially interventionist work of Indigenous women poets, playwrights, filmmakers, and fiction-writers, pairing literary interventions with recent sites of activism and policy critique. Indigenous women are victims of violence at dramatically higher rates than non-Indigenous women. This book puts literature by Indigenous women in dialogue with anti-violence debate to illuminate new pathways into action.


The Homing Place: Indigenous and Settler Literary Legacies of the Atlantic, by Rachel Bryant

Can literary criticism help transform entrenched Settler Canadian understandings of history and place? How are nationalist historiographies, insular regionalisms, established knowledge systems, state borders, and narrow definitions continuing to hinder the transfer of information across epistemological divides in the twenty-first century? What might nation-to-nation literary relations look like? Through readings of a wide range of northeastern texts – including Puritan captivity narratives, Wabanaki wampum belts, and contemporary Innu poetry – Rachel Bryant explores how colonized and Indigenous environments occupy the same given geographical coordinates even while existing in distinct epistemological worlds.

Forthcoming books in the series include:

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, by Daniel Heath Justice

Activating the Heart: Storytelling, Knowledge Sharing, and Relationship, edited by Julia Christensen, Christopher Cox, and Lisa Szabo-Jones

The Chippewas of Georgina Island: A People of Stories, by John Steckley

If you’re interested in examining these books for a course you can make a request here. To purchase books for personal use order from our website or from your favourite bookseller.