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Social Science Native American Studies

Indigenous Women and Feminism

Politics, Activism, Culture

edited by Cheryl Suzack, Shari M. Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault & Jean Barman

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2011
Native American Studies, Customs & Traditions, Women's Studies, Gender Studies
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Can the specific concerns of Indigenous women be addressed by mainstream feminism? Indigenous Women and Feminism proposes that a dynamic new line of inquiry – Indigenous feminism – is necessary to truly engage with the crucial issues of cultural identity, nationalism, and decolonization particular to Indigenous contexts.


Through the lenses of politics, activism, and culture, this wide-ranging collection crosses disciplinary, national, academic, and activist boundaries to explore deeply the unique political and social positions of Indigenous women. A vital and sophisticated discussion, these timely essays will change the way we think about modern feminism and Indigenous women.

About the authors

Cheryl Suzack is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Alberta and a member of the Batchewana First Nations of Ojibways. She is currently working on a dissertation entitled, “Strategies for Cross-Cultural Exchange: Native North American Women’s Writing and the Politics of Location.

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Jeanne Perreault is professor of English at the University of Calgary. She is coeditor (with Sylvia Vance) of Writing the Circle: Native Women of Western Canada (1990), and coeditor (with Joseph Bruchac) of Critical Visions: Contemporary North American Native Writing, a special issue of Ariel (1994). She is the author of Writing Selves: Contemporary Feminist Autography (1995). Other publications include “Memory Alive: An Inquiry into the Uses of Memory in Marilyn Dumont, Jeannette Armstrong, Louise Halfe, and Joy Harjo” (Native North America: Critical and Cultural Perspectives, ed. Renée Hulan, ECW Press, 1999), and “Writing Whiteness: Linda Griffith’s Raced Subjectivity in The Book of Jessica(Essays on Canadian Writing, 1996). Currently, she is examining the racializing of whiteness in white women’s texts.

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Jean Barman, professor emeritus, has published more than twenty books, including On the Cusp of Contact: Gender, Space and Race in the Colonization of British Columbia (Harbour Publishing, 2020) and the winner of the 2006 City of Vancouver Book Award, Stanley Park’s Secret (Harbour Publishing, 2005). Her lifelong pursuit to enrich the history of BC has earned her such honours as a Governor General’s Award, a George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award, a Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing and a position as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She lives in Vancouver, BC.

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  • Winner, Outstanding Scholarship Prize, Canadian Women’s Studies Association

Editorial Reviews

A pioneering text…Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture is a comprehensive, inclusive, heterogeneous, and valuable collection for anyone studying Indigenous issues or histories, feminisms, cultural studies and criticism, decolonization, or literary studies.

Patricia Miranda Barkaskas, <EM>The Goose</EM>, Issue 10, 2012

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