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Continental DividesRemapping the Cultures of North America$
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Rachel Adams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226005515

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226005539.001.0001

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Before the Border: Indigenous Geographies of North America

Before the Border: Indigenous Geographies of North America

(p.29) CHAPTER ONE Before the Border: Indigenous Geographies of North America
Continental Divides

Adams Rachel

University of Chicago Press

A map of North America covers the ground in Mohawk artist Shelley Niro's 1996 installation The Border. The transnational perspectives offered by Chicano/a border studies have much to contribute to the study of North American Indian history and culture. This chapter taps into histories of North America's borderlands that are often overlooked in the emphasis on Mexican–Anglo cultures along the U.S.–Mexico border. In the process, it relies on cultural geographies that exceed the boundaries of the nation-state, geographies defined not by the borders of the United States, Canada, or Mexico, but by the routes and roots established by people who inhabited the land long before the first European arrivals, and whose lifeways were profoundly reconfigured by the conquest.

Keywords:   North America, borderlands, cultural geographies, routes, inhabited, history

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