Synopses & Reviews
The sixteen essays in Robert Alexander Innes and Kim Andersonandrsquo;s Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration explore the complex and diverse experiences of Indigenous men and those who assert Indigenous masculine identities. Innes and Anderson illustrate the ways that some Indigenous men are caught up in a cycle of dysfunction, violence, and living up to false stereotypes, but also how others are re/connecting with cultural foundations that point towards the decolonization and healthy expression of Indigenous masculine identities.
What do we know of masculinities in non-patriarchal societies? Indigenous peoples of the Americas and beyond come from traditions of gender equity, complementarity, and the sacred feminine, concepts that were unimaginable and shocking to Euro-western peoples at contact. "Indigenous Men and Masculinities," edited by Kim Anderson and Robert Alexander Innes, brings together prominent thinkers to explore the meaning of masculinities and being a man within such traditions, further examining the colonial disruption and imposition of patriarchy on Indigenous men. Building on Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous feminism, and queer theory, the sixteen essays by scholars and activists from Canada, the U.S., and New Zealand open pathways for the nascent field of Indigenous masculinities. The authors explore subjects of representation through art and literature, as well as Indigenous masculinities in sport, prisons, and gangs. "Indigenous Men and Masculinities" highlights voices of Indigenous male writers, traditional knowledge keepers, ex-gang members, war veterans, fathers, youth, two-spirited people, and Indigenous men working to end violence against women. It offers a refreshing vision toward equitable societies that celebrate healthy and diverse masculinities.
About the Author
Robert Alexander Innes is a Plains Cree member of Cowessess First Nation and is Assistant Professor in the department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.Kim Anderson is a Cree/Mandeacute;tis educator and is Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.