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Trans-Indigenous Relations

Shared on behalf of the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at the Claremont Colleges:

The Humanities Studio at Pomona College welcomes Kēhaulani Vaughn, Indigenous scholar and practitioner, to present “Beyond Performativity: Trans-Indigenous Recognition and Indigenous Futures” as the inaugural address in our 2020-21 “Indigeneities” Speakers Series.

Land acknowledgements have become an important practice in event organizing both in social justice circles and educational institutions. What are the goals of such practices and have they become a repetitive script that is devoid of relationships and responsibilities with and to Native Nations? Are they, more or less, a liberal form of settler normativity? How can we think differently about land acknowledgement? As more Indigenous communities become displaced through settler colonialism there is a greater need to regenerate relationships to land and people that moves beyond the discourse of acknowledgement to ensure Indigenous futurities.

In this talk, Vaughn offers an example of recognition that is grounded in Indigenous relationalities, highlighting a trans-Indigenous recognition between diasporic Native Hawaiians and the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, the Acjachemen Nation.

Kēhaulani Vaughn (Kanaka Maoli) is an assistant professor in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society and the Pacific Islands Studies Initiative at the University of Utah. Currently, she is a National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Her book manuscript, Trans Indigeneity: The Politics of California Indian and Native Hawaiian Relations, is about the trans-Indigenous recognitions between Native Hawaiians living in the U.S. and California Indian tribes. An interdisciplinary ethnographic project, Trans Indigeneity utilizes a Native Feminist praxis to forge new methodological, theoretical, and political directions for Indigenous recognition-based politics. As a scholar-practitioner, her teaching and research interests are in Pacific Island Studies, Indigenous epistemologies, education, and decolonial practices and pedagogies.

The event, co-sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute, is free and open to the public.

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