Mapping Sovereignty: Indigenous Borderlands

Par­tic­i­pants respond to works by Ofe­lia Zepeda, Uni­ver­sity of Ari­zona, and Audra Simp­son, Colum­bia, regard­ing Tohono O’odham and Mohawk, Hau­denose­nee, expe­ri­ences of bor­der cross­ing and documentation.

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  1. Thursday’s pub­lic lec­ture was excel­lent. Pro­fes­sor Zepeda’s pre­sen­ta­tion of her writ­ing, “Birth Wit­ness,” was per­sonal and laden with the sen­sa­tion of desert life. Pro­fes­sor Simpson’s pre­sen­ta­tion of per­sonal ethno­gra­phies of expe­ri­ences of bor­der cross­ing at Van­cou­ver and Mon­treal were sharp and funny. Both pre­sen­ta­tions reveal the absur­dity of the bor­der as a place where peo­ple are ren­dered cit­i­zen or non-citizen, Indian or non-Indian. This teaches me some­thing about the lan­guages that we use as Indige­nous and bor­der­lands schol­ars to write about the some­times trans­gres­sive, some­times reify­ing, but always divi­sive pol­i­tics of the borderlands.

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