Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (American Indian Studies) (Paperback)

Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (American Indian Studies) By Sam McKegney (Editor) Cover Image
By Sam McKegney (Editor)
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Between October 2010 and August 2013, Sam McKegney conducted interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood. In offices, kitchens, and coffee shops, and once in a car driving down the 401, McKegney and his participants tackled crucial questions about masculine self-worth and how to foster balanced and empowered gender relations. Masculindians captures twenty-two of these conversations in a volume that is intensely personal, yet speaks across generations, geography, and gender boundaries. As varied as their speakers, the discussions range from culture, history, and world view to gender theory, artistic representations, and activist interventions. They speak of possibility and strength, of beauty and vulnerability. They speak of sensuality, eroticism, and warriorhood, and of the corrosive influence of shame, racism, and violence. Firmly grounding Indigenous continuance in sacred landscapes, interpersonal reciprocity, and relations with other-than-human kin, these conversations honor and embolden the generative potential of healthy Indigenous masculinities.

Contributors: Taiaiake Alfred, Kim Anderson, Joanne Arnott, Joseph Boyden, Alison Calder, Warren Cariou, Jessica Danforth, Louise Halfe, Tomson Highway, Daniel Heath Justice, Janice C. Hill Kanonhsyonni, Lee Maracle, Neal McLeod, Daniel David Moses, Gregory Scofield, Thomas Kimeksum Thrasher, and Richard Van Camp.

About the Author

Sam McKegney is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, author of Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School, and numerous articles on Indigenous and Canadian literatures.

Praise For…

As the first of its kind, this collection of conversations about Indigenous masculinity offers an invaluable contribution to the fields of Indigenous Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Indigenous Literature and Cultural Studies, Settler Colonial Studies, and beyond.
—Allison Hargreaves, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

"For those of us committed to Indigenous resurgence, questions concerning Indigenous masculinity are never far from the centers of our discussions. Sam McKegney has brought together some of the most inspiring artists and thinkers of our day, and with characteristic respect and goodwill they offer us a work whose wisdom, knowledge, and imagination we may make part of our lives. Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood is an important and welcome contribution to the field of Indigenous gender and masculinity studies. It will be read, taught, and valued for many years to come." --Christopher B. Teuton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Product Details
ISBN: 9781611861297
ISBN-10: 1611861292
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2014
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: American Indian Studies