Louisiana Creole Peoplehood
Afro-Indigeneity and Community
- PUBLISHED: March 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: Native American and Indigenous Studies, African American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 304 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 4 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780295749495
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Over the course of more than three centuries, the diverse communities of Louisiana have engaged in creative living practices to forge a vibrant, multifaceted, and fully developed Creole culture. Against the backdrop of ongoing anti-Blackness and Indigenous erasure that has sought to undermine this rich culture, Louisiana Creoles have found transformative ways to uphold solidarity, kinship, and continuity, retaking Louisiana Creole agency as a post-contact Afro-Indigenous culture. Engaging themes as varied as foodways, queer identity, health, historical trauma, language revitalization, and diaspora, Louisiana Creole Peoplehood explores vital ways a specific Afro-Indigenous community asserts agency while promoting cultural sustainability, communal dialogue, and community reciprocity.
With interviews, essays, and autobiographic contributions from community members and scholars, Louisiana Creole Peoplehood tracks the sacred interweaving of land and identity alongside the legacies and genealogies of Creole resistance to bring into focus the Afro-Indigenous people written out of settler governmental policy. In doing so, this collection intervenes against the erasure of Creole Indigeneity to foreground Black/Indian cultural sustainability, agency, and self-determination.
Authors & Contributors
Rain Prud’homme-Cranford is assistant professor of English and international Indigenous studies at the University of Calgary. Darryl Barthé is the visiting professor of History at Dartmouth College. Andrew Jolivétte is professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Asserts a profound rootedness in Afro-Indigeneity that invites a wide community to enter through interrelated aspects of collectivity. Highly significant in its contribution not only to Louisiana communities but to Afro-Indigenous peoples throughout the Western hemisphere.- Gabrielle Tayac, George Mason University
An ambitious project that breaks ground in Indigenous studies, African American/diaspora studies, and Southern studies.- Kimberly Wieser, University of Oklahoma
An extraordinarily valuable contribution to redefining the meaning of Louisiana Creole. It avoids the erasure of Native Americans and settler colonial rigid racial and racist definitions. It is strongly rooted in urban and rural communities despite the diasporic spread of Louisiana Creoles during and after World War Two and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Thus Louisiana leads the world in peacefully integrating the cultures of her varied peoples: the wave of the future.- Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, professor emerita, Rutgers University