Padraig Kirwan on Indigenous Sovereignty

ThisĀ  post, fromĀ Dr Padraig Kirwan (Goldsmiths, University of London) is based on a paper delivered at the first CCUSB Workshop in London in September 2012

Sovereignty. Self-determination. Autonomy. Nation. Native American Studies is currently being shaped dramatically by this particular set of terms, and the prevailing discourse aims to interrogate not only various senses of tribal self-determination, but also to re-examine earlier formulations of cultural, spiritual, political and artistic autonomy. Indeed, the publication of myriad nuanced and substantial works of scholarship focussing on the subject of sovereignty alone is testament to the critical role that definitions of indigenous self-determination and authority play within the field today. Continue reading