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date: 18 November 2019

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This chapter traces some of the routes of Native American intellectual exchange, a long, vibrant tradition of Native thinking and writing, which is only now being recovered, after centuries of suppression. It describes the Quiché Maya Popol Vuh and the Iroquois Great Law as important hubs in the network of an indigenous American intellectual tradition. This chapter provides an overview of Native American intellectual history and literature, focusing on the conversations and debates among indigenous writers, leaders, and activists over a wide geographic and temporal range. It also considers contributions and changes in the scholarship on Native American intellectual history and the relationship between intellectual labor and movements toward greater self-determination and decolonization.

Keywords: intellectuals, intellectual history, history of ideas, exchange of ideas, Native Americans, indigenous, American Indian literature, self-determination, decolonization

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