This introductory chapter explains the theoretical analysis of settler colonialism conditioning the formation of Native and non-Native queer modernities in conversation. It draws from and advances Native, feminist, critical race, and queer studies by emphasizing Indigenous feminist and queer thought and Native queer and Two-Spirit activism. It examines how settler colonial power relations among Native and non-Native people define the status “queer.” It explains that modern queer subjects, politics, and culture have developed among Natives and non-Natives in interrelated, yet distinct, ways. Native queer cultures and politics critique colonial heteropatriarchy by asserting Indigenous methods of national survival, decolonization, and traditional renewal, including within Two-Spirit identity. Additionally, the chapter explains the narrative relationships among queer subjects by situating them within ethnographic and historical accounts of U.S. queer politics.
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