About the Series
Narrating Native Histories aims to foster a rethinking of the ethical,
methodological, and conceptual frameworks within which we locate our
work on Native histories and cultures. We seek to create a space for
e√ective and ongoing conversations between North and South, Natives
and non-Natives, academics and activists, throughout the Americas and
the Pacific region. We are committed to complicating and transgressing
the disciplinary and epistemological boundaries of established academic
discourses on Native peoples.
This series encourages symmetrical, horizontal, collaborative, and
auto-ethnographies; work that recognizes Native intellectuals, cultural
interpreters, and alternative knowledge producers within broader aca-
demic and intellectual worlds; projects that decolonize the relationship
between orality and textuality; narratives that productively work the
tensions between the norms of Native cultures and the requirements for
evidence in academic circles; and analyses that contribute to an under-
standing of Native peoples’ relationships with nation-states, including
histories of expropriation and exclusion as well as projects for autonomy
and sovereignty.
We are pleased to have Abalone Tales as one of our two inaugural
volumes. It is an innovative attempt at collaborative, dialogical eth-
nography whose experiments with research and writing are relevant
inside and outside academe. Volume contributor Julian Lang once wrote
that ancient knowledge, as created by the ancestors, contains the es-
sence of tribal sovereignty. Field, Lang, Silva, and a diversity of Native
commentators illustrate this insight for today’s world as they engage
with the profound truths and mysteries embodied in abalone. They
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