The Funambulist Nº20

Settler Colonialism in Turtle Island

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2018

Settler Colonialism in Turtle Island is a first ever issue of The Funambulist that was guest-edited. We are very excited to propose this issue edited by Turtle Island Indigenous scholars and activists Melanie K. Yazzie and Nick Estes (who had contributed twice to the magazine in the past). Amidst a very busy schedule, they kindly accepted our invitation last year to curate a dossier around settler colonialism and Indigenous resistance in what many call “North America,” which we call “Turtle Island” throughout the issue.

The protagonist of the photograph by Anson Stevens-Bollen that we proudly used as a cover for the issue is Jennifer Marley from San Ildefonso Pueblo, past contributor to The Funambulist (issue 6), and member of The Red Nation (as Melanie and Nick are). On September 8, 2017, she was part of (if not leading) the #AbolishTheEntrada protest in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Resisting the city’s annual reenactment of the 1692 Spanish conquest of her people, she was brutally arrested, jailed, and falsely charged with a felony — a charge later dropped.

The issue proposes several facets of Indigenous struggles in Turtle Island. Most of them depict Native lives in spaces that are not the reservations where the colonial narrative usually situates them. Whether in large cities such as Los Angeles (Mapping Indigenous LA) or Saskatoon (Jaskiran Dhillon) or settler border towns in the periphery of reservations (Melanie K. Yazzie & Nick EstesJennifer Nez DenetdaleJoel Waters) the urban dimension of the first half of the dossier is omnipresent. In the second half is dedicated to various forms of Indigenous resistance through space-making (Nick Estes), anti-colonial solidarities (Palestinian Youth Movement), representative transgression (Leya Tess), or architecture researches/projects (Elsa HooverGeraldene BlackgoatDavid Eslahi).

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Guest editors: Melanie K. Yazzie & Nick Estes
Editorial assistant: Nadia El Hakim
Head of Strategic Outreach: Jenna Hamed
Contributing copy editor: Noelle Geller
Contributing translator: Chanelle Adams

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CONTENTS ///

Cover Proletarian Fortresses

— NEWS FROM THE FRONTS ///
2 | RE-IMAGINING QUEER RIGHTS IN POST-377 INDIA
Gabriel Varghese & Akanksha Mehta

4 | #OCCUPYPABAHAY AND THE POLITICS OF PLACELESSNESS: DISPATCHES FROM  MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Maria Khristine Alvarez

6 | IN THE REALM OF THE DANISH PUNITIVE “GHETTO” POLICY
Margarida Nzuzi Waco & Emil Madsen Aaby

8 | PRESENT AND FUTURES OF AFRO ACTIVISM IN FRANCE
João Gabriell

— MAIN /// SETTLER COLONIALISM IN TURTLE ISLAND
12 | INTRODUCTION

Melanie K. Yazzie & Nick Estes

20 | COLONIAL VIOLENCE IN THE CITY: SETTLER COLONIALISM, BORDER TOWNS, AND INDIGENOUS RESISTANCE
Jennifer Nez Denetdale

24 | THE STATION WAGON
Joel Waters (artwork by Denise Giago)

26 | MAPPING INDIGENOUS LA: EXCAVATING SACRED SPACES IN THE CITY
Mishuana Goeman (part 1), Desiree Martinez & Cindi Alvitre (part 2)

34 | REFLECTIONS ON PRAIRIE RISING: INDIGENOUS YOUTH IN SASKATOON
Jaskiran Dhillon

40 | “FREEDOM IS A PLACE”: LONG TRADITIONS OF ANTI-COLONIAL RESISTANCE IN TURTLE ISLAND
Nick Estes

46 | THE SCARRED LAND: SETTLER IMPRINTS AND INDIGENOUS FUTURES
Nadya Raja Tannous & Omar Zahzah (Palestinian Youth Movement)

50 | IN THE CALM, IN THE SURGE: SOMEWHERE BETWEEN PARADISE & DESOLATION
Leya Tess

54 | STUDENTS: BLOODLESS: INDIGENOUS HEADSPACE AND THE GEOGRAPHIES OF HOME
Elsa Hoover

56 | STUDENTS: NAVAJO RITUAL SPACE IN HOUSING
Geraldene Blackgoat

58 | STUDENTS: MATERIAL OPPOSITION
David Eslahi


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