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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 134–146.
Published: 01 November 2021
... an alternative—ancestral—terrain within the interior geographies of Indigenous Blackness. By framing ethnographic vignettes of Garifuna ancestral memory throughout the diaspora as an embodied archive of knowledge production, this essay demonstrates how Brathwaite’s mapping of an intellectual genealogy creates...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 18–33.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Shanya Cordis Building on black and indigenous feminist scholarship, this essay examines the mutually constitutive processes of racial gendered violence and colonial dispossession undergirding Guyanese statecraft. Through an analysis of the colonial construction of the racial-sexual bodies...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 37–46.
Published: 01 March 2016
... the manuscript clarify Wynter's reflections on the process of indigenization and black cultural nationalism, it is her most sustained discussion of the politics of black culture in America. It constitutes a highly significant contribution to the black radical tradition and one of the most compelling...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 220–223.
Published: 01 November 2021
... working on his first book manuscript, “Indigenous Blackness in the Américas: The Queer Politics of Self-Making Garifuna New York,” a transdisciplinary ethnography on how gender and sexuality shape the ways transgenerational Garifuna New Yorkers of Central American descent negotiate, perform...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (3 (66)): 1–23.
Published: 01 November 2021
..., presumably Taino chieftain Anacaona, on the pedestal base, writing words of praise to the admiral, who stood atop the monument. This essay explores how Anacaona’s racialized and gendered body symbolically validated a public nationalist discourse, while arguably erasing the roles that Blacks and Indigenous...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 100–112.
Published: 01 November 2016
.... 29 Though not unlike the trickster figures throughout the black diaspora in the Americas that “symboliz[e] the essence of [indigenous and black] rebellion,” the ciguapa metaphor moves beyond rebellion to signal the embodied contradictions of Dominican disidentification. 30 As Cuban queer...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 111–123.
Published: 01 November 2017
... and a view of Jamaican indigeneity, Rastafarians “started from the point of view that black people should never forget their African heritage, and in this linked their future to the redemption of Africa.” 38 Debates about the character of Jamaican nationalism were occurring throughout the twentieth...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 93–99.
Published: 01 July 2022
.... When I ask why or how this is happening, my scholar friends remind me that these are normal practices of mestizaje in which the racial triage (White, Black, Indigenous) can be Black too. In other words, non-Black Latinos/as/xs laying claims to Blackness or AfroLatinidad is only another way...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 169–170.
Published: 01 July 2021
... for the Human-after-Man as enacted by the black, indigenous, female, and marginalized peoples of the world, whom Wynter addressed as the new political subject of Caribbean futurity. As Kamugisha shows us, Wynter’s black feminist decolonial and transnational understanding of this global ethical-political subject...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 144–160.
Published: 01 July 2018
... resembles imperialism in other parts of the so-called global South, this case presents some peculiarities in relation to blackness, whiteness, and indigeneity. As I argue elsewhere, a unique ontology of blackness emerged in the Dominican Republic because this place was home to a majority free mixed-race...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 108–122.
Published: 01 July 2013
... to this topic after years of circling the word indigenous in essays from my Toronto undergraduates, who repeatedly used it to describe black Caribbean people. This struck me as odd, since my students were unlikely to refer to Canada's black population (the oldest segments of which date back to the seventeenth...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 45–61.
Published: 01 July 2017
... the blacks and men of color born in the colony but also the transplanted Africans.” 34 The stakes in this new terminology are thus clear: indigène as a category includes black people and those of mixed race—creoles and bossales —but it specifically excludes the island's white population , even...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (2 (2)): 132–141.
Published: 01 July 2019
... in Torres-Saillant, Introduction to Dominican Blackness , 54. 26 Here I follow Ramírez’s definition of el monte as a territory that is “associated with blackness, indigeneity, and suspicious whiteness.” Dixa Ramírez, “Against Type: Reading Desire in the Visual Archives of Dominican Subjects...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 182–189.
Published: 01 July 2021
... was intellectually committed to critical revisionary practice about her thinking, again very much like James before her. I want to focus on two elements of Kamugisha’s engagement with Wynter that are particularly salient for black studies and Caribbean studies now: (1) indigenization as a conceptual alternative...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 79–91.
Published: 01 March 2016
... and plantation systems also required that the enslaved be indispensible to wider global interhuman exchanges and initiations and inventions—including, of course, African traces and black rebellions and subversive cultural texts. Indigenization, then, is not bound up in spatial claims (which are always, within...
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 194–196.
Published: 01 November 2019
... Scholar (2015), and his work has appeared in Callaloo, Palimpsest, and Afro-Hispanic Review. SHANYA CORDIS, who is black/Warau and Lokono, is an assistant professor of sociocultural anthropology at Spelman College. She works at the intersections of indigenous and black stud- ies, examining black...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 129–145.
Published: 01 March 2016
... simply on two of its central themes—Wynter's theories of cultural transformation in the Americas and her related perspective on the process of indigenization, through which people of African descent became native to their new lands. Yet what gives this text its enduring power is the idea that black...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2003
... spectacles” of black womanhood as its antidote. If black working class women have heretofore defi ned black womanhood, then now, in the postcolonial era of globalization and “positive” indigenous symbols, the old need to identify diff erent classes of black women is indistinguishable from the modern need...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 62–78.
Published: 01 March 2016
... to maroonage and the official “Maroon warring” that comes before it. Then, later in “Black Metamorphosis,” directly before a chapter titled “The Mayflower and the Middle Passage: Back to Africa, Back to Europe, and the Return to the Source,” there is an equally explosive chapter titled “Indigenization...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 122–132.
Published: 01 July 2020
..., which center (1) a revaluation of ancestral black and indigenous knowledges and epistemologies and (2) a trans/queer/femme/feminist transformation of relational modes and social norms for collaborative endeavors (such as farms, or other collectives) based on a situational analysis of the intersection...