About the Series
arrating Native aims to foster a rethinking of the ethical,
and conceptual frameworks within which we locate
our work on Native histories and cultures. We seek to create a space for effec-
tive 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 Na-
tive peoples.
This series encourages symmetrical, horizontal, collaborative, and auto-
ethnographies; work that recognizes Native intellectuals, cultural inter-
preters, and alternative knowledge producers within broader academic 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 understanding of Native peoples’
relationships with nation- states, including histories of expropriation and ex-
clusion as well as projects for autonomy and sovereignty.
By critically extending and reconceptualizing the concept of literacy as
formulated in Angel Rama’s The Lettered City, Rappaport and Cummins
contribute in an absolutely central way to the goals of our series. A historical
analysis of literacy as a social process that included interactions between oral
and written texts and alphabetic and pictorial forms, their work pays atten-
tion to indigenous agency even as it highlights the inevitable embeddedness
of literacy in a system of colonial domination. Focusing on the Northern
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