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Spaces between UsQueer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization$
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Scott Lauria Morgensen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816656325

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816656325.001.0001

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Ancient Roots through Settled Land

Ancient Roots through Settled Land

Imagining Indigeneity and Place among Radical Faeries

(p.127) Chapter 4 Ancient Roots through Settled Land
Spaces between Us

Scott Lauria Morgensen

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores how non-Native gay counterculturists pursued multiple desires for queer indigeneity that, while contested by antiracist critique, confronted their settler formation only in relationship to Native gay and Two-Spirit men. Gay and lesbian counterculturists in back-to-the-land collectives across Canada and the United States inspired broader circulation of their rural practices. One of their lasting legacies is the Radical Faeries. Radical Faeries employ back-to-the-land principles to a mobile practice that made retreat to rural space a conduit for urban and itinerant people to realize portable truths. Radical Faerie culture privileged rural retreats as a way for non-Native gay men to liberate an Indigenous gay nature and incorporate it in their everyday lives.

Keywords:   non-Native, gay, lesbian, counterculturists, queer, antiracist, Two-Spirit, Native rural, Radical Faerie

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