Where is the Indian in Aztlán? The Changing Geographies of Indigeneity in the Era of Mass Migration
A talk by María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo (NYU), author of Indian Given (Duke UP 2016). With response by Chandan Reddy (University of Washington, Seattle), author of Freedom with Violence (Duke UP 2011)
Hundreds of thousands of indigenous peoples from Latin America have migrated to the United States since 1994, many traveling as family units. Zapotec is second only to Navajo as the most-spoken indigenous language in the United States, while Mixtec is part of the bilingual education curriculum in New York City. Latin American indigenous peoples in US cities and towns are bringing Latin American modes of defining indigeneity into sharp relief with US modes of defining it. How does a global era of mass migration require a hemispheric rethinking of indigeneity, and who gets to sing the nation-state now?
Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature
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