Nakum 2010 (Vol. 1. 1)

Letter from the Indigenous Cultures Institute Chair

Creative Work

In Xochitl, In Cuicatl

Qwo-Li Driskill

Qwo-Li Driskill is a Cherokee (non-citizen) Two-Spirit/Queer activist, writer, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems and a co-editor (with Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilley, and Scott Lauria Morgensen) of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics and Literature, forthcoming from University of Arizona Press. Qwo-Li is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Texas A&M University.

Scholarly Articles

Historical Recovery, Colonial Mimicry, and Thoughts on Disappearing Indians in Elena Zamora O’Shea’s El Mesquite

Kirby Brown

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Kirby Brown is a PhD candidate in the department of English and Indigenous Studies Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation, Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing, examines how four Cherokee writers variously remembered, imagined, and performed Cherokee nationhood in the period between tribal dissolution in 1907 and reorganization in the early 1970s. Published and forthcoming essays engaging contemporary Indigenous critical theory, constitutional criticism in Native literatures, and Native interventions in the Western can be found in Sovereignty Separatism and Survivance: Ideological Encounters in Native North America (2009), Studies in American Indian Literatures (2011), and The Oxford Companion to Indigenous American Literatures (2012).

The Borderlands of Borderlands: Tres Vistas

Lydia A. French

Lydia French, earned her doctoral degree at the Department of English and was a portfolio student in the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, completed her research into the cultural and theoretical work of recorded popular music in contemporary American Indian and Chicana/o fiction. Her dissertation, “Sonic Gentitud: Popular Music and the Literary Nations of Aztlán,” examines the intersectionality of state and cultural nationalisms as/at the intersection of popular music and narrative.

Emergent Readings of the Post-Conquest: Indigeneity and Mestizaje in the Texas Borderlands

Sheila Marie Contreras

Sheila Marie Contreras is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at Michigan State University. Her book, Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism and Chicana/o Literature, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2008. Currently, she is at work on a new project, Mestizaje/Métissage: Post-Conquest Cultural Politics in the Americas.


Nepantleras in the “Borderlands of Difference”

T. Jackie Cuevas

T. Jackie Cuevas teaches in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. Originally from South Tejas, Cuevas is a member of Macondo, the socially conscious creative writing collective founded by author Sandra Cisneros. Cuevas’s writing has appeared in Ixua Review, Sinister Wisdom, and in the introduction to the third edition of Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza (Aunt Lute, 2007).