Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Joanne Barker is Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, the author of Native Acts: Law, Recognition, and Cultural Authenticity, also published by Duke University Press, and the editor of Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination.
Jennifer Nez Denetdale, 2017. "Return to “The Uprising at Beautiful Mountain in 1913”: Marriage and Sexuality in the Making of the Modern Navajo Nation", Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Joanne Barker
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This chapter examines an incident of Diné resistance in 1913 to U.S. federal agents’ attempts to criminalize and punish traditional forms of marriage and sexuality, including polygamy and non-heterosexuality. It shows how over time the Diné have come to conflate nation(hood) with family, marriage, and sexuality in ways that normalize the heteropatriarchy they once resisted. A critical gender- and sex-based critique of federal criminalization efforts with Diné marriage and sexuality provides a way to understand U.S. colonialism as a social formation and what its consequences have been for Diné resistance.