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- DescriptionIn Cherokee Asegi udanto refers to people who either fall outside of men's and women's roles or who mix men's and women's roles. Asegi, which translates as strange, is also used by some Cherokees as a term similar to Queer. For author Qwo-Li Driskill, asegi provides a means by which to reread Cherokee history in order to listen for those stories rendered strange by colonial heteropatriarchy. As the first full-length work of scholarship to develop a tribally specific Indigeus Queer or Two-Spirit critique, Asegi Stories examines gender and sexuality in Cherokee cultural memory, how they shape the present, and how they can influence the future. The theoretical and methodological underpinnings of Asegi Stories derive from activist, artistic, and intellectual genealogies, referred to as dissent lines by Maori scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith. Driskill intertwines Cherokee and other Indigeus traditions, women of color feminisms, grassroots activisms, Queer and Trans studies and politics, rhetoric, Native studies, and decolonial politics. Drawing from oral histories and archival documents in order to articulate Cherokee-centered Two-Spirit critiques, Driskill contributes to the larger intertribal movements for social justice.
- Author BiographyQwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee Queer/Two-Spirit writer, scholar, and performer. S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poemsand is currently and assistant professor in the Department of English at Texas A&M University, USA.
- Author(s)Qwo-Li Driskill
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication29/02/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content Note13 halftones
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
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