What happens to indigenous culture and identity when being rooted in a fixed cultural setting is no longer necessary - or even possible? Does cultural displacement mean that indigeneity vanishes? How is being and becoming indigenous (i.e., indigeneity) experienced and practiced along translocal pathways? How are "new" philosophies and politics of indigenous identification (indigenism) constructed in "new", translocal settings? The essays in this collection develop our understandings of cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, and related processes and experiences of social and cultural globalization, showing us that these do not spell the end of ways of being and becoming indigenous. Instead, indigeneity is reengaged in wider fields, finding alternative ways of being established and projected, or bolstering older ways of doing so, while reaching out to other cultures.
The Editor: Maximilian C. Forte is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is the editor of Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary Caribbean (Lang, 2006) and author of Ruins of Absence, Presence of Caribs: (Post) Colonial Constructions of Aboriginality in Trinidad and Tobago (2005). He has also published his research in Indigenous World, Indigenous Affairs, and Cultural Survival Quarterly.
Contents: Maximilian C. Forte: Introduction: Indigeneities and Cosmopolitanisms - Maximilian C. Forte: A Carib Canoe, Circling in the Culture of the Open Sea: Submarine Currents Connecting Multiple Indigenous Shores - Craig Proulx: Aboriginal Hip Hoppers: Representin' Aboriginality in Cosmopolitan Worlds - Carolyn Butler-Palmer: David Neel's The Young Chief-Waxwaxam: A Cosmopolitan Treatise - Arthur Mason: Whither the Historicities of Alutiiq Heritage Work Are Drifting - Frans J. Schryer: The Alto Balsas Nahuas: Transnational Indigeneity and Interactions in the World of Arts and Crafts, the Politics of Resistance, and the Global Labor Market - Julie-Ann Tomiak/Donna Patrick: Transnational Migration and Indigeneity in Canada: A Case Study of Urban Inuit - Robin Maria DeLugan: "Same Cat, Different Stripes": Hemispheric Migrations, New Urban Indian Identities, and the Consolidation of a Cosmopolitan Cosmovision - Linda Scarangella: Indigeneity in Tourism: Transnational Spaces, Pan-Indian Identity, and Cosmopolitanism - Nigel Rapport: Conclusion: From Wandering Jew to Ironic Cosmopolite: A Semi-Utopian Postnationalism.