New Books Network

David Tavárez, “Words and Worlds Turned Around: Indigenous Christianities in Colonial Latin America” (U Colorado Press, 2017)
Professor David Tavárez’s edited volume, Words & Worlds Turned Around: Indigenous Christianities in Colonial Latin America (University of Colorado Press, 2017), is a collection of eleven essays from historians and anthropologists grappling with the big questions of the Christianization of Mexico after the Spanish Conquest and using sources in several... Read More
JoAnna Poblete, “Balancing the Tides: Marine Practices in American Samoa” (U Hawai’i Press, 2020)
In Balancing the Tides: Marine Practices in American Samoa (University of Hawai’i Press, 2020), JoAnna Poblete demonstrates how western-style economics, policy-making, and knowledge building imposed by the U.S. federal government have been infused into the daily lives of American Samoans. American colonial efforts to protect natural resources based on western... Read More
Wade Davies, “Native Hoops: The Rise of American Indian Basketball, 1895-1970” (UP of Kansas, 2020)
The game of basketball is perceived by most today as an “urban” game with a locale such as Rucker Park in Harlem as the game’s epicenter (as well as a pipeline to the NBA).  While that is certainly a true statement, basketball is not limited to places such as New... Read More
Mary Kathryn Nagle, “Sovereignty” (Northwestern UP, 2020)
In Sovereignty (Northwestern University Press, 2020) playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle weaves together two stories separated by 170 years but joined by a common dilemma: how can Cherokee people fight for justice under an unjust colonial legal framework? In present-day Oklahoma, Sarah Ridge Polson attempts to bring her abuser to justice... Read More
Walter Johnson, “The Broken Heart of America” (Basic Books, 2020)
St. Louis, Missouri is the city with the highest rate of police shootings in the United States. It’s the city with an 18 year difference in life expectancy between Black and white neighborhoods which stand just 10 miles apart. It’s the city where, after Mike Brown was shot in 2014,... Read More
Nick Estes, “Our History is the Future” (Verso, 2019)
For the second time, Nick Estes has been gracious enough to participate in a New Books Network podcast to discuss his book Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (Verso, 2019). (Listen to Ryan Tate’s interview for New... Read More
Allan Downey, “The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood” (UBC Press, 2018)
Today we are joined by Allan Downey, Associate Professor of History and Indigenous Studies at McMaster University, and author of The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood (University of British Columbia Press, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the origins of lacrosse, the cultural genocide of North America’s indigenous... Read More
Robert Nichols, “Theft Is Property!: Dispossession and Critical Theory” (Duke UP, 2019)
Robert Nichols, an associate professor of political theory at the University of Minnesota, has written an engaging and important examination of the clash between the western theoretical approaches to the idea of property and possession and the understanding of land property and possession held by indigenous peoples in a variety... Read More
Thomas John Lappas, “In League Against King Alcohol” (U Oklahoma Press, 2020)
Many Americans are familiar with the real, but repeatedly stereotyped problem of alcohol abuse in Indian country. Most know about the Prohibition Era and reformers who promoted passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, among them the members of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). But few people are aware of how... Read More