This Forum on Materials and Methods in Native American and Indigenous Studies, jointly published with the William and Mary Quarterly, was organized by Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Caroline Wigginton, and Kelly Wisecup. The essays in this issue, by Phillip H. Round, Scott Manning Stevens, and Daniel Radus, form one portion of the forum. The second portion of the forum is available in the April 2018 issue of the WMQ (3d ser., 75, no. 2), where readers will find these essays:
David A. Chang, "The Good Written Word of Life: The Native Hawaiian Appropriation of Textuality"
Lisa Brooks, "Awikhigawôgan ta Pildowi Ôjmowôgan: Mapping a New History"
Alejandra Dubcovsky, "Defying Indian Slavery: Apalachee Voices and Spanish Sources in the Eighteenth-Century Southeast"
Christian Ayne Crouch, "Surveying the Present, Projecting the Future: Reevaluating Colonial French Plans of Kanesatake"
The forum has been a cooperative effort. The authors, the journal editors, and the forum organizers worked together to bring these fine essays into their published form. The essays contribute new approaches to the study of early Native American literature, history, and culture, and the forum as a whole brings early American studies into closer dialogue with Native American and Indigenous studies.
It is my pleasure to present the essays here to readers of EAL, and to encourage you to read the essays by Chang, Brooks, Dubcovsky, and Crouch in the Quarterly. [End Page 405]