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Indigenous Relationality: Women, Sex, and The Animate

  • Author / Creator
    Johnson, Brittany C
  • “Indigenous Relationality: Sex, Women, and The Animate” discusses Indigenous relationality from within the context of animacy, kinship, and sexualities through a decolonial approach of Two-Eyed Seeing. Using nehiyaw ways of knowing as the foundational theoretical framework through which the author analyzes texts, this thesis undertakes close readings of Louise Erdrich’s Tracks, Katherena Vermette’s The Break, Zoe Hopkins’ It Takes a Village, and Susan Power’s The Grass Dancer. The author draws exclusively from Indigenous women writers for primary texts, and primarily Indigenous theorists and scholars to analyze the texts and formulate an argument for Indigenous relationality within Indigenous women’s writing. The creative practices of beadwork and burlesque are also analyzed as texts. Both are forms of Indigenous theorizing and relationality, and both serve as means of teaching, healing, and decolonizing. Within this thesis is also a small section from a larger body of creative writing. Creative writing in and of itself also does theoretical work, as Indigenous narratives provide teachings and create strong foundations for further learning; these stories do the important work of passing on knowledge to future generations. The use of nehiyawewin throughout this research is imperative to form a decolonial lens through which to analyze each text and/or performative act.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-11:Fall 2017
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3QN5ZR5P
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Faculty of Native Studies
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Harde, Roxanne (Augustana)
    • TallBear, Kim (Native Studies)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Bear, Tracy (Native Studies, Women's and Gender Studies)
    • Rak, Julie (English and Film)