Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature
Beth H. Piatote
February 21, 2017
248 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
6 b/w illus.
Amid the decline of U.S. military campaigns against Native Americans in the late nineteenth century, assimilation policy arose as the new front in the Indian Wars, with its weapons the deployment of culture and law, and its locus the American Indian home and family. In this groundbreaking interdisciplinary work, Piatote tracks the double movement of literature and law in the contest over the aims of settler-national domestication and the defense of tribal-national culture, political rights, and territory.
Beth H. Piatote is associate professor of Native American studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
“In an interdisciplinary tour de force, Piatote demonstrates that Indian wars are wars on Indian family structures, with consequences for all: including Mormons, gays, immigrants, middle-class white men and women. Domestic Subjects illuminates and deepens our understanding of a shared human world.”—Tsianina Lomawaima, author of To Remain an Indian: Lessons in Democracy from a Century of Native American Education
"Careful, thoughtful, innovative, and deeply engaging, this book reveals how Indigenous writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries creatively resisted assimilation and the war on Native American families by crafting dynamic alternatives to colonialism’s narrow vision. Piatote's work is simply brilliant."—John Borrows, University of Minnesota Law School