Five College Consortium

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies

Book Launch Party for Laura Furlan

Wed, Oct 25 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Amherst Books, 8 Main St, Amherst, MA

In Indigenous Cities Laura M. Furlan, Associate Professor of English at UMass Amherst, demonstrates that stories of the urban experience are essential to an understanding of modern Indigeneity. She situates Native identity among theories of diaspora, cosmopolitanism, and transnationalism by examining urban narratives—such as those written by Sherman Alexie, Janet Campbell Hale, Louise Erdrich, and Susan Power—along with the work of filmmakers and artists. In these stories Native peoples navigate new surroundings, find and reformulate community, and maintain and redefine Indian identity in the postrelocation era. These narratives illuminate the changing relationship between urban Indigenous peoples and their tribal nations and territories and the ways in which new cosmopolitan bonds both reshape and are interpreted by tribal identities.

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