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Creole IndigeneityBetween Myth and Nation in the Caribbean$
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Shona N. Jackson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677757

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677757.001.0001

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Creole Indigeneity

Shona N. Jackson

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter presents an outline of the topic of Creole indigeneity in Guyana. Between the myth of great wealth waiting to be discovered in the New World and the nation-states that eventually emerged as expressions or completions of capitalism, offering social rebirth from colonialism, Creoles come to belong, or indigenize. It explores how Creoles and Indigenous Peoples within the postcolonial state came to be subject to different narratives of belonging and forms of citizenship and sovereignty. From here, theory of Creole indigeneity comes to play, suggesting that modern Caribbean history and discourse are driven dialectically not only by external forms of conflict or even internal conflict between majority groups but are also driven by the opposition between settler practices of belonging and indigenous ones, and the ways in which they reproduce the conflict between labor and capital, and between idealist and materialist critical practices and cultural forms of expression.

Keywords:   Creole indigeneity, Guyana, New World, Indigenous Peoples, citizenship, sovereignty, Caribbean

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