09 October 2017

Indigenous Peoples Day

Looking for something to read in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day? Check out some recent UPC titles on Navajo weaving, the mixed-race American Indian experience, and the history of colonization in America!



Navajo Textiles: The Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, by Laurie D. Webster, Louise I. Stiver, D. Y. Begay, and Lynda Teller Pete, co-published with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

“An extant demonstration of the vitality of Navajo weaving . . . this collection will be enjoyed by both the lay person and the connoisseur.”
—Jennifer Nez Denetdale, University of New Mexico

“Highly compelling and very engaging. . . . Anyone interested in Navajo weaving will want to have it.”

—Jennifer McLerran, Northern Arizona University







 Identity Politics of Difference: The Mixed-Race American Indian Experience, by Michelle R. Montgomery

"A fascinating account of the very complex landscape mixed-race students navigate. . . . This is a very important empirical and theoretical contribution."

—Nancy López, University of New Mexico

“Seeing beyond the essentialist notion of mixed-raced people as tragic racial victims, Michelle Montgomery reveals how they are complex social actors within a dynamic system of racial hierarchy predicated on whiteness. Her study of a New Mexico tribal college breaks new ground in mixed-race studies by showing how mixed-race Native students experience racial hierarchy in interactions with their Native peers. Ultimately, this book exposes the painful and fragmenting hegemonic impact of whiteness as ideology and white supremacy as a social system, both of which need to be critically examined as part of any coherent decolonization effort.” 

—Ricky Allen, University of New Mexico





"The Touch of Civilization"​: ​Comparing American and Russian Internal Colonization​, ​by Steven Sabol

"An important contribution to western American and Native American history, to Russian and Kazakh history, and to comparative frontiers and borders, and empire and colonization studies. . . . [Sabol] provides one of the clearer and more probing analyses of a range of questions relating to themes of empire and exceptionalism in the history and heritage of both expanding countries."
—David Wrobel, University of Oklahoma

"[A] remarkable study . . . . Sabol demonstrates how comparative history should be performed. . . . As a work that is inventive in approach and noteworthy in scholarship, one can only hope that other scholars will take up the precedent set by Sabol. Summing Up: Essential."