• Winter 2020
    Vol 6 No 2 (2020)
  • Special issue: Ralph Salisbury, guest edited by James Mackay and A. Robert Lee
    Vol 6 No 1 (2020)

    A special issue to commemorate and recognise the work of Ralph Salisbury.

    Cover image: Ralph Salisbury, Eugene, Oregon, 1972. Photo: Barbara Drake.

  • Vol 5, No 2 (2019)
    Vol 5 No 2 (2019)

    The contents of Volume 5.2 of Transmotion reflect the interdisciplinary breadth of our editorial vision, which allows us to continue to highlight the diverse range of work being produced by scholars in the field of Indigenous Studies today. The scholarly articles in this issue explore texts and topics in the realms of contemporary film, visual art, museum studies, and musical performance.

  • "To Exist is to Resist" mural on the Israeli Apartheid Wall by Gustavo Chávez Pavón. Photo reproduced with permission of the artist. Native American Narratives in a Global Context - guest edited by Eman Ghanayem and Rebecca Macklin
    Vol 5 No 1 (2019)

    "To Exist is to Resist" mural on the Israeli Apartheid Wall by Gustavo Chávez Pavón. Photo reproduced with permission of the artist.

    In our contemporary moment, the world is seeing an increase in transnational Indigenous and decolonial activist movements. Idle No More, the BDS movement for a Free Palestine, and #NoDAPL and Mni Wiconi have all garnered international attention and trans-cultural calls for solidarity. These movements exemplify and build on long traditions of Indigenous resistance in international contexts and commitments to other marginalized groups. Mindful of these continued struggles and concerns, this special issue seeks to bring together some of the diverse ways in which Native American and other Indigenous narratives circulate to create global influences: whether through literature, historical narratives, the visual or performative arts, or digital media; irrespective of language and wherever they transpire, from public spaces to classrooms. The critical and creative pieces in this special issue attest to the necessity of thinking globally as a way to understand the connectivity and relationality that characterize Indigenous experiences and modes of resistance.

    *Please note: amendments were made to Amal Eqeiq’s interview with Gustavo Chávez Pavón on July 29th 2019, which altered the page range of that piece and the pagination thereafter. The numbering below is up to date.

  • Genocide Special Issue - guest edited by Melissa Michal Slocum
    Vol 4 No 2 (2018)

    This issue represents the care, patience, and insight of guest editor Melissa Michal Slocum, who both suggested and edited this special. She has worked with us on a topic that will always be difficult, and she has done so with commitment and passion, and openness to reflecting  experience in the Americas more broadly. Her article opens the issue and also acts as a strong introduction to the three articles that follow it by María Regina Firmino-Castillo, Molly McGlennen, and Stephen Andrews. We’re delighted to be able to include in this issue a stand-alone article by AnnMarie De Mars and Erich Longie from 7thGeneration Games, a timely piece on perseverance and the potential implicit in an apparently unusual combination: Dakota Culture, video games, and mathematics.

  • Red Readings - guest edited by Scott Andrews
    Vol 4 No 1 (2018)

    A special topics issue of Transmotion dedicated to "red readings." These responses explore what happens when a non-native text is read from a native perspective. What disruptions in a text are made possible by reading it with native assumptions? What latent meanings can become apparent? What new meanings can be produced?

  • Old Meets New - Brent Learned. ©Brent Learned, reproduced with artist's permission. Vol 3 No 2 (2017)

    "Old meets New" - Brent Learned. ©Brent Learned, reproduced with artist's permission.

    Cathy Coevell Waegner leads us through an intense and welcome consumption of selected works of Vizenor and Stephen Graham Jones, a post-Halloween pre-Thanksgiving discussion of incarceration and interstates, complete with cannibals, clowns, and wiindigoo.In anticipation of the upcoming season, here read “blockbuster releases,” we offer Olena McLaughlin’s essay that looks at the influence of Star Warsin the works of a variety of artists from Susan Folwell to Ryan Singer and Andy Everson, among others, and focuses in particular on the Pop Art and insights of Bunky Echo-Hawk and Steven Paul Judd.  Karen Poremski gifts us a careful consideration of a Trevino Brings Plenty poem from his collection Wakpá Wanáǧi. “Little, Cultural, Teapot Curio Exposes People” isa poem of woven creation and other containers, stained with blood and history and the theft of culture and celebration of conquest. Within a basket though, Brings Plenty reminds us is a weaving of links and DNA in other kinds of captivity, the ones no NAGPRA act can loosen. Moving from notions of history to imagining ourselves into the future, Deborah Madsen provides an analysis of “Indigenously-determined” gaming and “the mechanics of survivance,” eloquently building on what she sees as an oft-overlooked nuance of survivance, reminding us that is “not a static object or method but a dynamic, active condition of historical and cultural survival and also of political resistance.” For a contribution to and as a community of scholars, we provide in this issue “Red Pens, White Paper: Wider Implications of Coulthard’s Call to Sovereignty,” a roundtable discussion of Glen S. Coulthard’s Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition, which descends from a plenary session at the Native American Literature Symposium in 2016.