The Third Space of Sovereignty offers fresh insights on such topics as the crucial importance of the formal end of treaty-making in , indigenous responses to the prospect of U. Bruyneel richly documents US schizophrenic policy vacillations between imperialism and liberal democratic values. The Third Space of Sovereignty is a valuable theoretical consideration that presents new models for understanding both Native agency and the inconsistencies of colonial policy.
It will augment the growing body of literature that no longer perverts American exceptionalism to cast U. I was challenged to disrupt and reexamine my understandings of the postcolonial, the anticolonial, and the decolonial, as well as being reawakened to the analytical importance of borders and boundaries. The book is an excellent history of ideas, laws, and political development around the issue of sovereignty, but also demands an alternative mechanism for looking at sovereignty via the third space.
An extremely cogent and thought-provoking piece of scholarship that charts new territory in the literature. The Third Space of Sovereignty will surely stand as a model for interdisciplinary theorizing about indigenous politics and nationhood. Bruyneel reveals the cultural and historical underpinnings of American Indian policies, unveils complex social relationships and understandings, and brings policy to life for students in a way that surprises and engages them.
University of Minnesota Press Coming soon. Home Current Catalogs Blog. View Cart Checkout. Search Site only in current section. Advanced Search…. Glad Hand can use these radicals for target practice, and the feds can take care of the rest. The words recapitulate not only the obvious derogatory attitude towards the inhabitants of the reservation, obstacles in the way of his business project, but also show this character assuming the role of the white, invading colonizer depicted elsewhere in the novel.
He got it from his daddy who was in the cavalry during the Indian wars out West. Such appropriations can take diverse forms. For instance, in one of his emails, Wright-McLeod quite emotionally remarks:. Starve them out and push them off the land for corporate and bank interests at the very top levels of power. In the first two panels, a woman is lying on the ground, and only her face is visible in close-ups. In the top panel, the expression is that of pain, and next to it is a close-up on a military boot, about to trample her; in the panel below, her mouth is bleeding, and next to the face is medium long shot of a soldier aiming a gun.
On the right side of each of these panels reemerges the silhouette of a soldier, his rifle at the ready 8. Notably, violence here is gendered as it is racial. Here, added to the racial and gendered violence of the rape, an ultimate metaphor of colonial violations in much of Native literature, is legal violence, which essentially construes the victimized indigenous woman as a legitimate target of sexual abuse at the hands of the white man. Her racialized body is thus, by extension, another space onto which post colonial violence can be projected and, through it, a dominant male post colonial identity can be re-enacted.
In other words, violence is more than a practice that acts upon individual subjects to inflict harm and injury. Red Power exposes the same logic behind colonial ways of looking at and conceiving indigenous space and bodies, showing how assessment and categorization lead to exclusion and restriction. The novel thus implicitly suggests a specifically post colonial patriarchy behind white invaders.
The invading view of the reservation space is implicit rather than something the reader is invited to share in: what the panels depict is the helicopter above, or the car at a distance, or else uniformed or camouflaged people wielding binoculars, but not a view from their windows or through their lenses 13, 56, 37, Who knows?
In an episode that soon follows, the post colonial perception of space as neatly mapped and thus predictable and transparent is upset even more. Here, Billy and Shelly, who are asked to smuggle incriminating documents out of the reservation territory, are followed by policemen and a federal sniper.
Then they are helped by magic power of a sky being who enables them to vanish. Native characters in the novel are shown to possess a very different spatial competence, connected and responsive as they are to the land through their physical senses, emotions, thoughts, and memories, rooted in cultural tradition.
The European disconnect with the indigenous knowledge and origins to the land of North America have always prevented the understanding of the natural awareness of space, time and experiences associated with the spirit of the land and animals. When there, he is handed a magic star stone and told the story of another such stone, having been lost, first, to bad medicine men and eventually to white people. Differently from the examples I have given earlier of the mythological figures in Native writing Maracle , King , Red Power does not use the episodes involving mythology and magic to engage in historical revisionism.
The sky here is constructed as a secondary world characteristic of the fantasy genre, although this episode is nonetheless firmly rooted in the idea of cultural continuity: Thunder, along with his brother Sun, nephew Fire, and Star Woman, the novel suggests, are important figures in indigenous mythology. The name of the reservation, Star River, is explicitly linked to the story of the star stones.
These ways are private, sacred and holy to those who follow this path. This evokes the episode at the very end of the novel, which I have already discussed, when Billy and Shelly are helped to vanish from their persecutors Wright-McLeod also highlights this power through the title of his novel:. The title Red Power was carefully considered and does not tell the story of the Red Power movement from the late s in America. Red is the spiritual color for Native people and not to be confused with any Left wing political ideology.
Power in terms of Native reality is about understanding the universe and the spiritual responsibility attached to our existence. In fact, most Native characters central to the novel, the activists, are newcomers to the place they are defending, driven here from different contexts, ranging from the city to jail, both implying displacement and estrangement. Nonetheless, the novel underscores their willingness to reconnect to the space. It made sense what they said about our rights and the land.
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It hit me. Right to the core. However, overplaying the mysterious and the magic would distort the power imbalance the novel consistently underscores. But these issues are to be further developed; the first installment of Red Power merely introduces these story lines. Still, it is important how, in this context, resistance practices can also be seen as ways of being in and using space. This becomes particularly acute when the conflict itself is about land and space: it is not merely the physical territory that is at stake, but the very idea of Native subjectivity and identity, of which the reservation is a spatial manifestation.
The elders did not want a repeat of Wounded Knee or a Waco, Texas situation, but relied solely on traditional teachings, ways, ceremonies and peaceful beliefs as one people with an historical connection to the land. Scalped , with its emphasis on and investment in characterization, aims to restore subjectivity to Native Americans, usually depersonalized and objectified by outsiders.
The prospective Red Power trilogy, on the other hand, begins with exploring the mechanics through which such depersonalization and even demonization is carried out. The format of the graphic novel proves to be particularly productive here, making use of visual and linguistic interplay as well as techniques of composition and montage that the media typically uses. Thus Red Power effectively foregrounds how ways of looking create spaces that are always deeply embedded in ideologies and cultural traditions, and employs the comic format to boost the spatial experience.
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