This is the second of two books to come from a deeply appreciated, and
surprisingly difficult pair of exploratory research grants from the National
Science Foundation. The first grant from the
was joined by supplemen-
tal grants from the faculty union and my university (the Professional Staff
Congress and the City University of New York) and from the Institute of
Social and Economic Research of Memorial University of Newfoundland.
These grants supported a de cade of work on Native health and well- being
in Labrador, where I sought to understand, in useful ways, the epidemics
of substance abuse, youth suicide, and domestic violence among the Inuit
and Innu (Northern Cree), and the interweaving of health and stress in and
against increasingly difficult situations both imposed upon and develop-
ing within Native communities. The book that resulted from that work is
Skin for Skin: Death and Life for Inuit and Innu (Duke University Press, 2014). I
pursued these issues further, in a context that focused more on potentially
useful confrontations with domination, by examining a similar situation
among indigenous Australians: “Making and Breaking the Aboriginal
Remote: Realities, Languages, Tomorrows (A Commentary),” Oceania 84,
no. 2 (July 2014): 158–68.
As the first de cade of research was ending, I became interested in the
differences between the deepening and intensifying health crises among
northern peoples and the comparatively somewhat better, or at least very
different, situation of Native American and African American peoples in
coastal and central North and South Carolina. These southeastern peoples
have had a similar history of severe oppression and collective and personal
domination by the larger society and its state as have the northern Native
peoples, but they have not engaged as much in communal/collective self-
destruction. Simultaneously, the southern peoples have suffered more
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