- From the Editor
As we begin volume 34, I would like to take the time to thank all of those individuals who contributed to the success of volume 33, including our editorial board, peer reviewers, contributors, recent guest editors, and, of course, our readers. Each article in AIQ represents a great deal of hard work on the part of many, and I thank you all for helping to continue the critical conversations in our field through participation and collaboration in American Indian Quarterly.
We begin this volume with "Pulling Down the Clouds: The O'odham Intellectual Tradition during the 'Time of Famine'" by David Martínez. In this article Martínez examines the significance of Thin Leather's contribution to the Pima intellectual tradition during a difficult time of famine and cultural decline. Martínez's analysis of Thin Leather's oral mythology challenges modern notions of intellectualism by demanding that we view Thin Leather as "a standard against which 'educated Indians' ought to be measured."
In the second essay, "Cultivating Common Ground: Cultural Revitalization in Anishinaabe and Anthropological Discourse," Anna J. Willow compares the ways in which Anishinaabe discourse and anthropological discourse on cultural revitalization differ in significant ways. Willow foregrounds her own positionality as a non-Native researcher in her analysis of and search for a mutually relevant ethnographic process.
Gail Dana-Sacco also underscores the significance of researcher positionality in the third article, "The Indigenous Researcher as Individual and Collective: Building a Research Practice Ethic within the Context of Indigenous Languages." Dana-Sacco describes and reflects on her own experience as an Indigenous researcher and practitioner of applied [End Page vii] Indigenous scholarship. Notably, Dana-Sacco places Native language at the center of her research process, highlighting issues of "translation, reciprocity, disclosure, and reconciliation" (62).
In the final article, "The Flemish Bastard and the Former Indians: Métis and Identity in Seventeenth-Century New York," Tom Arne Midtrød examines the lives of three children of Mohawk women and Dutch men in order to shed light on the ability of métis to transcend established categories of ethnicity and status in seventeenth-century New York. Midtrød uses the markedly varied experiences of the three children to further complicate notions of negotiated identity. [End Page viii]