This article considers the queer problem of Indigenous studies that exists in the disjunctures and disconnections that emerge when queer studies, Indigenous studies, and Indigenous feminisms are brought into conversation. Reflecting on what the material and grounded body of indigeneity could mean in the context of settler colonialism, where Indigenous women and queers are disappeared into nowhere, and in light of Indigenous insistence on land as normative, where Indigenous bodies reemerge as first and foremost political orders, this article offers queer Indigenous relationality as an additive to Indigenous feminisms. What if, this article asks, queer indigeneity were centered as an analytic method that refuses normativity even as it imagines, through relationality, a possibility for the materiality of decolonization?
What’s Normative Got to Do with It?: Toward Indigenous Queer Relationality
Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and associate professor of English and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. She is the author of Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (2011).
Jodi A. Byrd; What’s Normative Got to Do with It?: Toward Indigenous Queer Relationality. Social Text 1 December 2020; 38 (4 (145)): 105–123. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01642472-8680466
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