Crossing waters, crossing worlds : the African diaspora in Indian country / edited by Tiya Miles and Sharon P. Holland.

Durham : Duke University Press, 2006.
1 online resource (xx, 364 pages) : illustrations.


Related name
Summary note
Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds" explores the critically neglected intersection of Native and African American cultures. This interdisciplinary collection combines historical studies of the complex relations between blacks and Indians in Native communities with considerations and examples of various forms of cultural expression that have emerged from their intertwined histories. The contributors include scholars of African American and Native American studies, English, history, anthropology, law, and performance studies, as well as fiction writers, poets, and a visual artist. Essays range from a close reading of the 1838 memoirs of a black and Native freewoman to an analysis of how Afro-Native intermarriage has impacted the identities and federal government classifications of certain New England Indian tribes. One contributor explores the aftermath of black slavery in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, highlighting issues of culture and citizenship. Another scrutinizes the controversy that followed the 1998 selection of a Miss Navajo Nation who had an African American father. A historian examines the status of Afro-Indians in colonial Mexico, and an ethnographer reflects on oral histories gathered from Afro-Choctaws. "Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds "includes evocative readings of several of Toni Morrison's novels, interpretations of plays by African American and First Nations playwrights, an original short story by Roberta J. Hill, and an interview with the Creek poet and musician Joy Harjo. The Native American scholar Robert Warrior develops a theoretical model for comparative work through an analysis of black and Native intellectual production. In his afterword, he reflects onthe importance of the critical project advanced by this volume
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-344) and index.
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction. New York Available via World Wide Web.
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Source of description
Print version record.
Language note
  • 9780822388401 ((electronic bk.))
  • 0822388405 ((electronic bk.))
  • 0822338122
  • 9780822338123
  • 0822338653
  • 9780822338659
International Article Number
  • 9780822338123
  • 9780822338659
  • 9780822388401
  • 10.1515/9780822388401
Statement on language in description
Princeton University Library aims to describe library materials in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections we manage. Read more...
Other views
Staff view