- The Oxford Handbook of American Indian History
- America in 1492
- European Invasions and Early Settlement, 1500–1680
- Living in a Reordered World, 1680–1763
- The Age of Imperial Expansion, 1763–1821
- US Expansion and Its Consequences, 1815–1890
- Surviving in the Twentieth Century, 1890–1960
- The Indian Renaissance, 1960–2000: Stumbling to Victory, or Anecdotes of Persistence?
- Contemporary History: Native America in the Twenty-First Century
- The Great Lakes
- The Southwest
- The Plains
- The Pacific Northwest
- The South
- The Atlantic Northeast
- Indian Territory and Oklahoma
- The Great Basin
- Gender, Sexuality, and Family History: Naynaabeak’s Fishing Net
- Population, Health, and Public Welfare
- Native American Expressive Arts
- Collectors and Museums: From Cabinets of Curiosities to Indigenous Cultural Centers
- Indians in the Marketplace
- Intellectual History
- Treaties and Treaty Making
- Urban Native Histories
- American Indians in Popular Culture
- American Indians in World History
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Lisa Brooks is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College. Her first book, The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (University of Minnesota Press 2008) reframes the historical and literary landscape of the American northeast. She served on the inaugural Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Studies in American Indian Literatures. In addition to her scholarly work, Brooks serves on the Advisory Board of Gedakina, a non-profit organization focused on indigenous cultural revitalization, educational outreach, and community wellness in New England.
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