Archive for March, 2011

The American Indian Quarterly 35, 2 (2011) Patty Loew and James Thannum, ‘After the Storm: Ojibwe Treaty Rights Twenty-Five Years after the Voigt Decision’, pp. 161-191. Arnold Krupat, ‘Chief Seattle’s Speech Revisited’, pp. 192-214. Rauna Kuokkanen, ‘Indigenous Economies, Theories of Subsistence, and Women: Exploring the Social Economy Model for Indigenous Governance’, pp. 215-240. Maria A. […]

chorus of crows


When she saw Top Camp (humpies made of corrugated iron/slabs of bark people and dogs living together children   discharge running from nostrils/ears like sewage seeping from the broken pipes next door) she didn’t wince. She learnt to overlook the rubbish caught on broken fences blown by westerlies that brought the dust and the haunting sound […]

Citing precedents, prosecutors reached back into the Indian Wars in arguments at an appeals panel in Washington D.C. Specifically, they invoked an 1818 military commission convened by Gen. Andrew Jackson after U.S. forces invaded then-Spanish Florida to stop black slaves from fleeing through a porous border — then executed two British men for helping the […]

Norman Etherington,’Barbarians Ancient and Modern’, American Historical Review 116, 1 (2011). from the intro: Two noteworthy historical controversies have proceeded in parallel fashion since the early 1980s without the protagonists in either debate being aware of the other. One concerns warfare and migration among early-nineteenth-century African societies and their contribution to the ethnic divisions that […]

Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst, Mechthild Leutner, Hauke Neddermann, eds. Frauen in den deutschen Kolonien. Berlin: Links, 2009. 284 pp. EUR 24.90 (paper), ISBN 978-3-86153-526-3. Reviewed by Daniel Walther (History Department, Wartburg College) Published on H-German (March, 2011) Commissioned by Susan R. Boettcher Frauen in den deutschen Kolonien expands the breadth and depth of our understanding of women’s […]

Brian Rutledge, ‘Premesh Lalu’s Post-colonial Push: Is it Time to Dismantle the Discipline?’, South African Historical Journal 63, 1 (2011) In The Deaths of Hintsa, Premesh Lalu argues that South African history remains trapped by colonial modes of thinking. As a necessary consequence, he claims that the field needs a post-colonial moment, suggesting that historians […]

This is one of the more readable pieces I’ve read on the recent passing of Professor Carel Boshoff, the visionary Afrikaner nationalist. Paradox trailed Carel Boshoff through his whole life. Before he devoted himself to building an all-white paradise, he worked for three years as a missionary in Soweto, the vast black labor reserve south […]

Anne Solomon, ‘Writing San Histories: The /Xam and ‘Shamanism’ Revisited’, Journal of Southern African Studies 37, 1 (2011) The oral narratives and personal accounts given by the /Xam of the northern Cape, and recorded by Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd, have played a key role in interpretations of rock art and of southern San culture, […]

Dominic O’Sullivan, ‘Democracy, Power and Indigeneity’, Australian Journal of Politics & History 57, 1 (2011) This article identifies a theoretical nexus between indigeneity and liberal democracy in three post-colonial contexts. Like democracy, the politics of indigeneity asks questions and makes assumptions about where power ought to lie and how it ought to be shared in […]

more photos and history here hat tip, Coetzee