Settler Contingencies, Indigenous Futures

ANIMA series, Duke University Press (under contract)

Settler Contingencies, Indigenous Futures investigates nonhumans at the center of settler-colonial tactics in the Great Plains and Southwest from the nineteenth century to the present. Bison, stone, gold, atomic bombs, salt, nuclear waste, and borders become primary sites and agents through which white settlers attempt to govern and manipulate Native peoples, lands, and lifeways. Settler Contingencies engages Native American epistemologies and aesthetics—primarily literature and visual art—to argue that prophecy, story, and nonhuman agents also reveal the anxieties, pressures, and limit points of settler-colonial biopower. Because settler colonialism depends on and functions by the time of contingency—schemes and provisions for uncertain futures—it creates the very conditions for land and other nonhumans to animate: to come alive and exceed the power of white settler memories and maneuvers.