Between 2011 and 2015, over 700 Native Americans from across the United States participated in Native 24/7, a mixed-methods study that delved into modern-day American Indian identities through semi-structured interviews with accompanying surveys. Using the perspectives, voices, and stories of these participants, Daley and Daley document how contemporary Native peoples feel, define, and contribute to the construction of Native identity on topics such as colonization, tribal enrollment, blood quantum, language, spirituality, family, and community.
Sean M. Daley is co-founder and director of the Institute for Indigenous Studies at Lehigh University.
Christine Makosky Daley is professor and chair of the department of community and population health in the College of Health at Lehigh University, as well as the co-founder of the Institute for Indigenous Studies at Lehigh University.
Chapter 1Methods and Participants
Chapter 2“So, What Should I Call You? Indian? Native? Something Else?”: Preferences for Terminology
Chapter 3“They’re Not On and Off Switches”: Culture, History, and Heritage
Chapter 4“Natives, We’re Good Relatives”: Family, Community, and Relationships
Chapter 5“I’m Only Indian on Sunday”: Religion and Spirituality
Chapter 6“A Necessary Evil”: Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood Cards
Chapter 7“Football and Mascots”: What We Have Learned
Who is an American Indian? Who is Choctaw? How do Indigenous individuals and communities think about and refer to themselves? Who gets to decide who one is? Who is believed? These difficult questions have long plagued individuals and scholars who have taken a taxonomic approach based on language or social affiliation to identify and define Native Americans. Individuals' self-identifications are rarely taken into consideration in these classifications, and the many social roles individuals fill at different points in their lives or the necessary fluidity of categories for a heterogeneous population are not acknowledged. Finally, an excellent sociocultural study addresses these issues and their consequences. Anthropologists Sean M. Daley and Christie Makosky Daley spent years interviewing more than 700 individuals about their identities. The resulting book is a model for mixed-methods research, combining semi-structured interviews and surveys leading to the identification of social variables such as family, language, culture, personal preference, and the impact of life experiences. It demonstrates how personal and community identities serve as both protective shields and believable declarations of who a person is. Highly recommended. All readers.
At last! A detailed report illuminating the demographic, geographic, cultural characteristics of the diverse category of tribal citizens and non-citizens who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native. Grounded in many hundreds of qualitative and quantitative interviews, this welcome addition to the research literature also invites its participants to discuss what lies behind their shared identity assertion. Themes emerge related to ancestry, family and community connections, spiritual practice, relationships to the natural world, and more.
This book makes an important contribution to a literature on Indigenous identity that had previously been primarily theoretical or grounded in personal experiences without systematic organization or analysis. The authors present data from a large, diverse, thoughtfully planned study, applying a robust yet not rigid methodology. The result is a clearly articulated multitude of voices describing complex, nuanced, and sometimes contradictory perspectives on Indigenous identity.
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