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The Red Land to the SouthAmerican Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico$
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James H. Cox

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675975

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675975.001.0001

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¡Indian Territory!

¡Indian Territory!

Lynn Riggs’s Indigenous Geographies

(p.65) Chapter 2 ¡Indian Territory!
The Red Land to the South

James H. Cox

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Cherokee dramatist Rollie Lynn Riggs’ Mexico plays, in which he imagines the dramatic geographies of the many Indian territories of the United States and Mexico. These geographies are so historically, emotionally, sexually, and spiritually similar that they appear interchangeable: the Cherokee Nation is Indian Territory; Indian Territory is indigenous Mexico; and indigenous Mexico is Indian Territory and the Cherokee Nation. Riggs produces a Great Indian Territory or Greater Indigenous Mexico, though only a consideration of his entire corpus makes this intertribal and indigenous transnational space legible.

Keywords:   Rollie Lynn Riggs, Mexico plays, dramatic geographies, Indian territories, Cherokee Nation, indigenous Mexico, Great Indian Territory, Greater Indigenous Mexico, transnational space

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