Indigenous Peoples & Decolonization

Week 3 Indigenous Peoples and Decolonization

Curated by Magdalena Miłosz
Moderated by Éloïse Choquette

July 20, 2020

Required readings

Fortin, David. “From Indian to Indigenous Agency: Opportunities and Challenges for Architectural Design.” In Design and Agency: Critical Perspectives on Identities, Histories, and Practices, edited by John Potvin and Marie-Ève Marchand, 243-58. London; New York: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020.

Burdett-Moulton, Harriet, Wanda Dalla Costa, Kelly Edzerza-Bapty, and Ouri Scott. “Indigenous Perspectives on the Notions of Architecture.” Interview by Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. The Site Magazine, June 13, 2018.

Tuck, Eve, and K. Wayne Yang. “Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 1, no. 1 (2012): 1-9.

Further readings

Vowel, Chelsea. Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: HighWater Press, 2016.
*A great primer on Indigenous issues is the blog âpihtawikosisân by Métis writer Chelsea Vowel, as is her book, Indigenous Writes, which is available as an ebook through McGill:

Indigenous Architectures

Check out the list of sources here (bottom of post):

Settler-Colonial Architectures

Fortin, David, Jason Surkan, and Danielle Kastelein. “Métis Domestic Thresholds and the Politics of Imposed Privacy.” In Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture, edited by Rebecca Kiddle, luugigyoo patrick stewart, and Kevin O’Brien, 76–84. Novato, California: ORO Editions, 2018.

Swentzell, Rina. “Conflicting Landscape Values: The Santa Clara Pueblo and Day School.” Places Journal  7, no. 1 (1990).

Tanner, Adrian. “Architecture Without Rooms: Cree Dwellings and Social Order.” Together We Survive: Ethnographic Intuitions, Friendships, and Conversations, edited by John S. Long and Jennifer S.H. Brown, 71–90. McGill Queen’s University Press, 2016. 

Settler Colonialism

Kauanui, J. Kēhaulani. “‘A Structure, Not an Event’: Settler Colonialism and Enduring Indigeneity.” Lateral 5, no. 1 (2016).

Razack, Sherene, ed. Race, Space, and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2002.

Rifkin, Mark. “Settler Common Sense.” Settler Colonial Studies 3, no. 3–4 (November 1, 2013): 322–40.

Simmons, Kristen. “Settler Atmospherics.” Cultural Anthropology 32, no. 4 (November 2017).

Simpson, Audra. “Settlement’s Secret.” Cultural Anthropology, vol 26, no. 2 (2011): 205 17.

Wolfe, Patrick. “Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native.” Journal of Genocide Research, vol 8, no. 4 (December 2006): 387–409.

Indigenous Literature

Elliott, Alicia, et al. This Place: 150 Years Retold. HighWater Press, 2019.

Nixon, Lindsay. Nîtisânak. Montreal: Metonymy Press, 2018.
*recommended list by CBC


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