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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

Creole Indigeneity

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Creole Indigeneity

Shona N. Jackson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents a theoretical framework of Creole indigeneity, arguing that the concept is a way of recovering the excess or remainder of history and identity that shapes both social formations in the postcolonial state and Caribbean intellectual production. It lays the groundwork for the discussion of the topic of the rescripting of indigeneity as a socio-discursive and politico-economic phenomenon. Two arguments seem to represent Creole belonging, both of which engaged regimes of labor that necessarily displace Indigenous Peoples: first in terms of not or no longer being African proposed by Sylvia Wynter, and second, in terms of a relationship to the New World that is an indigenous one, a notion by Richard Burton. It brings focus on how and where in the critical literature being and becoming Creole is elaborated as an indigenizing process.

Keywords:   Creole indigeneity, postcolonial state, Caribbean, African, New World, creolization, Sylvia Wynter, Richard Burton, Indigenous Peoples

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