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  • Indigenous Textual Cultures: Reading and Writing in the Age of Global Empire
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  • Tony Ballantyne, Lachy Paterson, and Angela Wanhalla, editors
  • 2020
  • Published by: Duke University Press
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As modern European empires expanded, written language was critical to articulations of imperial authority and justifications of conquest. For imperial administrators and thinkers, the non-literacy of “native” societies demonstrated their primitiveness and inability to change. Yet as the contributors to Indigenous Textual Cultures make clear through cases from the Pacific Islands, Australasia, North America, and Africa, indigenous communities were highly adaptive and created novel, dynamic literary practices that preserved indigenous knowledge traditions. The contributors illustrate how modern literacy operated alongside orality rather than replacing it. Reconstructing multiple traditions of indigenous literacy and textual production, the contributors focus attention on the often hidden, forgotten, neglected, and marginalized cultural innovators who read, wrote, and used texts in endlessly creative ways. This volume demonstrates how the work of these innovators played pivotal roles in reimagining indigenous epistemologies, challenging colonial domination, and envisioning radical new futures.

Contributors. Noelani Arista, Tony Ballantyne, Alban Bensa, Keith Thor Carlson, Evelyn Ellerman, Isabel Hofmeyr, Emma Hunter, Arini Loader, Adrian Muckle, Lachy Paterson, Laura Rademaker, Michael P. J. Reilly, Bruno Saura, Ivy T. Schweitzer, Angela Wanhalla

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction. Indigenous Textual Cultures, the Politics of Difference, and the Dynamism of Practice
  2. Tony Ballantyne & Lachy Paterson
  3. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part I. Archives & Debates
  1. Chapter One. Ka Waihona Palapala Mānaleo: Research in a Time of Plenty. Colonialism and the Hawaiian-Language Archives
  2. Noelani Arista
  3. pp. 31-59
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  1. Chapter Two. Kanak Writings and Written Tradition in the Archive of New Caledonia's 1917 War
  2. Alban Bensa & Adrian Muckle
  3. pp. 60-79
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  1. Chapter Three. Māori Literacy Practices in Colonial New Zealand
  2. Lachy Paterson
  3. pp. 80-98
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  1. Part II. Orality & Texts
  1. Chapter Four. "Don't Destroy the Writing": Time-and Space-Based Communication and the Colonial Strategy of Mimicry in Nineteenth-Century Salish-Missionary Relations on Canada's Pacific Coast
  2. Keith Thor Carlson
  3. pp. 101-130
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  1. Chapter Five. Talking Traditions: Orality, Ecology, and Spirituality in Mangaia's Textual Culture
  2. Michael P. J. Reilly
  3. pp. 131-153
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  1. Chapter Six. Polynesian Family Manuscripts (Puta Tupuna) from the Society and Austral Islands: Interior History, Formal Logic, and Social Uses
  2. Bruno Saura
  3. pp. 154-172
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  1. Part III. Readers
  1. Chapter Seven. Print Media, the Swahili Language, and Textual Cultures in Twentieth-Century Tanzania, ca. 1923-1939
  2. Emma Hunter
  3. pp. 175-194
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  1. Chapter Eight. Going Off Script: Aboriginal Rejection and Repurposing of English Literacies
  2. Laura Rademaker
  3. pp. 195-215
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  1. Chapter Nine. "Read It, Don't Smoke It!": Developing and Maintaining Literacy in Papua New Guinea
  2. Evelyn Ellerman
  3. pp. 216-242
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  1. Part IV. Writers
  1. Chapter Ten. Colonial Copyright, Customs, and Indigenous Textualities: Literary Authority and Textual Citizenship
  2. Isabel Hofmeyr
  3. pp. 245-262
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  1. Chapter Eleven. He Pukapuka Tataku i ngā Mahi a Te Rauparaha Nui: Reading Te Rauparaha through Time
  2. Arini Loader
  3. pp. 263-288
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  1. Chapter Twelve. Writing and Beyond in Indigenous North America: The Occom Network
  2. Ivy Schweitzer
  3. pp. 289-314
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 315-344
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 345-348
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 348-345
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