Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

Hi folks,

My name is Chris Andersen, I'm a faculty member at the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta. I've been asked to do some blogging here but with no specific guidelines (which is both nice and somewhat headscratching). Anyway, since this is my first blog (sorry, Robert!) I thought I'd get into a question that I've been thinking a lot about on our campus, recently. My question is this:

What is the role of Native Studies academic units to the discipline of Native Studies?

I would imagine that almost all attendees of NAISA conferences see ourselves as Native Studies practitioners, regardless of whether we are located in Native Studies departments. And yet, the critical (both in terms of analytical rigour and importance) work we undertake exists in a hierarchical academic field: for example, larger departments (such as History, Anthropology, English Studies, Sociology, to name a few) often provide their faculty with far more resources than those accorded to Native Studies departments. In effect, Native Studies departments can get lost in the wash of larger and more prestigious departments whose faculty members nonetheless undertake valuable research and analysis. The irony is that the greater the sophistication or rigour of the research (which, all other things being equal, will likely get undertaken in larger and/or older departments with less disciplinary administrative duties and less stated commitment to 'community'), the more sustained is the hierarchy between Native Studies and other departments on campus.

Let me be clear: I'm not suggesting that those of us not in Native Studies departments undertake research any less valuable or critical than those of us in these departments. My point is merely that the latter are often required to do so under conditions the former do not experience. My thinking isn't fully developed on this issue (obviously, given the scattered character of my comments) but I'd really like to hear/read some discussion on this issue.


  • Guest - lucky patcher for ipad

    Lucky Patcher is one of the best apps for android and ios devices, and it is mainly used for removal of ads on Android apps. This app is very famous for its great work of restoring and backup apps.lucky patcher for iphone

    0 Like
  • Guest - asad

    Buy iphone 7 online
    iphone 7 price in pakistan
    buy iphone 7 in pakistan
    This is a very informative article. I am also agree with your post title and your really well explain your point of view. I am very happy to see this post. Thanks for share with us. Keep it up and share the more most related post.

    0 Like
  • Guest - aaaaa

    I read this post totally. I feel very good about this post because this post is very interested and informative. I want to say thanks of writer for sharing us.
    buy youtube views UK
    buy youtube views USA
    buy youtube views cheap

    0 Like
  • Guest - Travel Agency in Rajasthan

    Rajasthan, literally that means the land of kings, is dotted with many lovely monuments and unchanged providing tourists a rattling chance to explore the made culture and tradition and superb past of the state. Magnificent forts & palaces, havelis decorated with frescoes, temples and museums are terrible prosperous major attractions of the state that attract tourists around the globe.Book your tour with Travel Agency in Rajasthan.

    0 Like
  • Guest - aaaaaaaaaaa

    to our friends, thanks to the site administrator you really did a good job.
    This site is full of valuable ideas and significant information which we can share
    Organic skin care products
    Natural skin care products
    Herbal skin care products

    0 Like
  • Guest - ali

    am agree with you it is really very unique and the worlds realest record label. This article is really very interested and useful for more people. Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.I

    buy youtube views UK
    buy youtube views USA
    buy youtube views cheap

    0 Like