Book Review of G. D. Smithers and B. N. Newman (eds.), Native Diasporas: Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas, Nebraska, 2014, University of Nebraska Press, 509pp.
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It is from the growing body of literature in indigenous issues that Native Diasporas has emerged. But as the title signals, this is more than just another work surveying the already well-traversed terrain of indigenous identity. Yes, this is a key and unavoidable component, and one that surfaces in various ways in each of its fifteen chapters, but the emphasis on diasporas promises opportunities for all sorts of comparatively little-explored insights into the construct of indigeneity. The subtitle places at least some of this anticipated analysis in the context of ‘settler colonialism’, which serves as a specific reference point for the book’s content – one where, historically, the character of intercultural encounters was often at its most conspicuous and unstable.