SCL Picks: "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas"

So many good books, so little time!  This week’s staff pick is IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, published by the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Museum of the American Indian.  This collection of essays by 27 scholars serves as a companion piece to the museum’s exhibit of the same name, which opened in 2009.  Here, “Readers will find four main lenses through which to consider African-Native American lives: racial policy, community, creative resistance (both peaceful and militant), and lifeways”(19).
Essays include:

  • “DNA and Native American Identity” (Kimberly Tallbear)
  • “Claiming the Name: White Supremacy, Tribal Identity, and Racial Policy in the Early Twentieth-Century Chesapeake” (Gabrielle Tayac)
  • “Red, Black, and Brown: Artists and the Aesthetics of Race” (Phoebe Farris)
  • “What Is a Black Indian?”: Misplaced Expectations and Lived Realities” (Robert Keith Collins)

… as well as “Native Americans, African Americans, and Jim Crow,” written by UNC’s own Dr. Theda Perdue, Atlanta Distinguished Professor of Southern Culture (Department of History).
Weaving colorful photographs, illustrations, primary source documents, and rich analyses, this tome “examines the long overlooked history of Native American and African American intersections.”  As such, it is a compelling (and gorgeously-presented) read for anyone interested in learning more about this oft-overlooked segment of the American population.
Interested in learning more?  Come by the library and check it out!  Also, don’t forget that back in November, in recognition of American Indian month, we posted a list of related resources available here at the library.  Happy reading!

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