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CSECS Bibliography of Resources to Support 

Research and Teaching the Indigenous Eighteenth Century

This living bibliography has grown out of CSECS conversations about how to bring together research/teaching in eighteenth-century studies with the multiple forms of Indigenous writing, knowledge, histories, and methodological approaches, an understanding of which is requisite for any meaningful encounter with the Indigenous eighteenth century in the northern part of Turtle Island. The bibliography offers resources for scholars interested in exploring and learning how to introduce/augment Indigenous knowledge and methodologies and subject matters in their classes and their research. While there has been a dramatic growth in publications in the field of Indigenous studies, broadly defined, the intent here is to highlight those of particular relevance to inquiries based in and emerging from eighteenth-century studies. At the same time, we recognize that the traditional chronologies and periodicity of academe are often a poor fit with Indigenous approaches and methodologies; many of the works here may open unexpected avenues, and the essays in the special issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, “The Indigenous Eighteenth Century,” (Vol. 33, no. 2, 2020-2021) offer much for reflection. The bibliography is a work-in-progress, over-reliant on sources in English, but offers an overview of key works in the field. It also offers a starting point for potential class projects and individual research assignments. Consider asking students to help expand this bibliography, with works that help them connect the Indigenous eighteenth century, the land they are on (or are from), and the classroom.

Additions are encouraged and welcome. Please send citations for suitable material to

The Land We Are On



Naming, Mapping, and Place Knowledge

  • Belyea, Barbara, editor. Peter Fidler: From York Factory to the Rocky Mountains. UP of Colorado, 2020.

  • Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies.

  • Chamberland, Roland. Terra incognita des Kotakoutouemis: l’Algonquinie orientale au XVII siècle. Presses de l’Université Laval: Musée canadien des civilisations, 2004.

  • Erdrich, Louise. Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors. Harper, 2014.

  • Rivard, Étienne. “Colonial Cartography of Canadian Margins: Cultural Encounters and the Idea of Metissage.” Cartographica, vol. 43, no. 1, 2008, pp. 45-66. DOI: 10.3138/carto.43.1.45

  • Ruggles, Richard. A Country So Interesting: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Two Centuries of Mapping, 1670-1870. Rupert’s Land Record Society Series, no. 2, McGill-Queen’s UP, 2011.

  • Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. “Land as Pedagogy.” As We Have Always Done. U of Minnesota P, 2017, pp. 145-173.

  • Tanner, Helen Horner, ed. Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History. Published for The Newberry Library by the U of Oklahoma P, 1987.

  • Van Duzer, Chet, and Lauren Beck. Canada Before Confederation: Maps at the Exhibition. Vernon Press, 2017.

Indigenous Methodologies, Indigenous Knowledge


  • Andrews, Scott. “Red Readings: Decolonization through Native-centric Responses to Non- Native Film and Literature.” Transmotion, vol. 4, no.1, 2018, pp. i-vii.

  • Bartlett, Cheryl, Murdena Marshall, and Albert Marshall. “Two-Eyed Seeing and Other Lessons Learned within a Co-Learning Journey of Bringing Together Indigenous and Mainstream Knowledges and Ways of Knowing.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, vol. 2, no. 4, 2012, pp. 331-40.

  • Battiste, Marie, ed. Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision. UBC Press, 2000.

  • Battiste, Marie, and James (Sakej) Youngblood Henderson. Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage: A Global Challenge. U of British Columbia P, 2000.

  • Brooks, Lisa. The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast. U of Minnesota P, 2008.

  • Cariou, Warren. “On Critical Humanity.” SAIL, vol 32, no 3-4, 2020, pp. 1-12.

  • Carter, Jill L. Repairing the Web: Spiderwoman’s Children Staging the New Human Being. 2010. U of Toronto, PhD dissertation.

  • Chilisa, Bagele. Indigenous Research Methodologies. SAGE, 2012.

  • Eighteenth-Century Fiction (ECF). Vol 33, no. 2, 2020-21. Special Issue: The Indigenous Eighteenth Century.

  • "Indigenous Academics: The Struggles, The Issues, and Our Realities in the Field of History." Panel Discussion with Indigenous Students and Faculty at York University, June 2021. YouTube,'

  • Kovach, Margaret. Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts. 2nd edition. U of Toronto P, 2021.

  • McGregor, Deborah, Jean-Paul Restoule, and Rochelle Johnson, editors. Indigenous Research: Theories, Practices, and Relationships. Canadian Scholars, 2018.

  • Miller, Cary. Ogimaag: Anishinaabeg Leadership, 1760-1845. U of Nebraska P, 2010.

  • Schenck, Theresa. “The Voice of the Crane Echoes Afar”: The Sociopolitical Organization of the Lake Superior Ojibwa, 1640-1855. Garland, 1997.

  • Tuck, Eve and K. Wayne Yang. “Decolonization is not a Metaphor.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, vol. 1, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1-40.

  • Tuhiwai Smith, Linda. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. 3rd edition. Zed Books, 2021.

  • Tuhiwai Smith, Linda, Eve Tuck, and K. Wayne Yang, editors. Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View. Routledge, 2019.

  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2017.

  • Wilson, Shawn. Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods. Fernwood, 2008.

Natural History and Science


  • Hessell, Nikki. Romantic Literature and the Colonised World: Lessons from Indigenous Translations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

  • Houston, Stuart, Tim Ball, and Mary Houston. Eighteenth-Century Naturalists of Hudson Bay. McGill-Queen’s Indigenous and Northern Studies, no. 35. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2003.

  • Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. 2nd edition. Milkweed, 2020.

  • Tallbear, Kim. “Dear Indigenous Studies, It’s Not Me, It’s You: Why I Left and What Needs to Change.” Critical Indigenous Studies, edited by Aileen Moreton-Robinson, U of Arizona P, 2016, pp. 69-82.

  • ---. Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2013.

  • Turner, Nancy J. Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America. 2 vols. McGill-Queen’s Indigenous and Northern Studies, no. 74. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2014.

Indigenous Literatures / Oralities / Visualizations


  • Bird, Louis, et al. Telling Our Stories: Omushkego Legends and Histories from James Bay. Broadview, 2005.

  • Bruchac, Margaret M. “Broken Chains of Custody: Possessing, Dispossessing, and Repossessing Lost Wampum Belts.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 162, no. 1, 2018, pp. 59-108.

  • Justice, Daniel Heath. Why Indigenous Literatures Matter. Wilfried Laurier UP, 2018.

  • Macfarlane, Heather, and Armand Garnet Ruffo, eds. Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism in Canada. Broadview, 2015.

  • Hunt, Dallas. “Nikîkîwân 1: Contesting Settler Colonial Archives through Indigenous Oral History.” Canadian Literature, no. 230/1, 2016, pp. 25-42. DOI.10.14288/cl.v0i230-1.187955.  

  • Laroque, Emma. When the Other is Me: Native Resistance Discourse, 1850-1990. U of Manitoba P, 2010.

  • Owen, Louis. Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel. U Oklahoma P, 1992.

  • Reder, Deanna, and Linda M. Morra, editors. Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016.

  • Weaver, Jace. That the People Might Live: Native American Literatures and Native American Community. Oxford UP, 1997.

Indigenous Authors on Colonization


  • Borrows, John. “Wampum at Niagara: The Royal Proclamation, Canadian Legal History, and Self-Government.” Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in Canada: Essays on Law, Equality, and Respect for Difference, edited by Michael Asc, U of British Columbia P, 1998, pp. 155-172.

  • Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism. Adam Matthew Digital, 2012.

  • Coulthard, Glen. Red Skin, White Masks. U of British Columbia P,  2014.

  • Deloria, Vine. God is Red: A Native View of Religion. Fulcrum, 2003.

  • Episkenew, Jo-Ann. Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing. U of Manitoba P, 2009.

  • Eze, Emmanuel Chukwudi. Race and the Enlightenment: A Reader. Blackwell, 2009.

  • Henderson, James Youngblood. The Mi'kmaw Concordat. Fernwood, 2008.

  • Hill, Susan. The Clay We Are Made Of: Haudenosaunee Land Tenure on the Grand River. U of Manitoba P, 2017.

  • Labelle, Katherine and Thomas Peace. From Huronia to Wendakes: Adversity, Migrations, and Resilience 1650-1900. Forward by Chief Janith English, Wyandot Nation of Kansas. U of Oklahoma P, 2016.

  • Richardson, Robbie. The Savage and Modern Self: North American Indians  in Eighteenth-Century British Literature and Culture. U of Toronto P, 2018.

  • Vizenor, Gerald. Fugitive Poses: Native American Indian Scenes of Absence and Presence. Bison Books, 1998.

  • ---. Native Liberty: Natural Reason and Cultural Survivance. U of Nebraska P, 2009.

  • Williams, Robert A., Jr., The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest. Oxford UP, 1992.

  • ---. Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization. St. Martin’s, 2012.


Indigenous - Settler Relations

Indigenous Presence in Eighteenth-Century Europe


  • Beyond the Spectacle: Native North American Presence in Britain, digital project through the University of Kent:

  • Caballos, Esteban Mira. Indios y mestizos americanos en la España del siglo XVI. Iberoamericana, 2000.

  • Colpitts, George. North America’s Indian Trade in European Commerce and Imagination, 1580-1850. Brill, 2014.

  • Turgeon, Laurier, Denys Delâge, Réal Ouellet, Laurier Turgeon, editors. Transferts culturels et métissages Amérique/Europe XVIe-XXe siècle. Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 1996.

  • Feest, Christian F., editor. Indians and Europe: An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays. U of Nebraska P, 1999.

  • Forbes, Jack D. The American Discovery of Europe. U of Illinois P, 2007.

  • Johnson, Carina L. Cultural Hierarchy in Sixteenth-Century Europe: The Ottomans and Mexicans. Cambridge UP, 2011.

  • Quinn, David B. “‘Virginians’ on the Thames in 1603.” Terrae Incognitae, no. 2, 1970, pp. 7-14. DOI:org/10.1179/tin.1970.2.1.7

  • Taladoire, Éric. D’Amérique en Europe: Quand les Indiens découvraient l'Ancien Monde (1493-1892). CNRS éditions, 2014.

  • Thrush, Coll. Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire. Yale UP, 2016.

  • Vaughan, Alden T. Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776. Cambridge UP, 2008.

  • Weaver, Jace. The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000-1927. U of North Carolina P, 2014.


Indigenous-Settler Relations: The Americas


  • Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Verso, 1991.

  • Arnold, Denise Y. and Juan de Dios Yapita. The Metamorphosis of Heads: Textual Struggles, Education, and Land in the Andes. U of Pittsburgh P, 2006.

  • Ashcroft, Bill. Caliban’s Voice: The Transformation of English in Post-Colonial Literatures. Routledge, 2009.

  • Beaulieu, Alain et Stephanie Chaffray. Répresentation, métissage et pouvoir: la dynamique coloniale des échanges entre Autochtones, Européens et Canadiens (XVIe-XXe siècle). Québec: Presses de L’Université Laval, 2012.

  • Belmessous, Saliha, editor. Native Claims: Indigenous Law Against Empire, 1500-1920. Oxford UP, 2014.

  • Bohaker, Heidi. Doodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance Through Alliance. U of Toronto P, 2020.

  • Boone, Elizabeth Hill, and Walter D. Mignolo, editors. Writing without Words: Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica & the Andes. Duke UP, 1994.

  • Brotherston, Gordon. Book of the Fourth World: Reading the Native Americas Through Their Literature. Cambridge UP, 1993.

  • Broué, Catherine. “Paroles aiguisées, textes émoussés: guerre, commerce et administration colonial en Nouvelle-France (1682)”. Tangence, no. 111, 2016, pp. 143-158. doi: org/10.7202/1038511ar

  • Brown, Jennifer. Strangers in Blood: Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country. U of BC P, 1980, U of Oklahoma P, 1996.

  • Byrd, Jodi A. The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism. U of Minnesota P, 2011.

  • Cheyfitz, Eric. The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan. U of Pennsylvania P, 1997.

  • Cohen, Matt. The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early New England. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2009.

  • Cohen, Matt, and Jeffery Glover, editors. Colonial Mediascapes: Sensory Worlds of the Early Americas. U of Nebraska P, 2014.

  • Crompton, Amanda. “‘They Have Gone Back to Their Country’: French Landscapes and Inuit Encounters in 18th Century southern Labrador.” Études Inuit, vol. 39, no. 1, 2015, pp. 117–40. doi:10.7202/1036080ar.

  • Delâge, Denys et Étienne Gilbert. “La justice coloniale britannique et les Amérindiens au Québec 1760-1820: I-En terres amérindiennes,” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 32, no. 1, 2002, pp. 63-82.

  • ---. “La justice coloniale britannique et les Amérindiens au Québec 1760-1820: II-En territoire colonial.” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 32, no. 2, 2002, pp. 107–17.

  • Deslandres, Dominique. “‘. . . alors nos garçons se marieront à vos filles, & nous ne ferons plus qu’un seul people’: religion, genre et déploiement de la souveraineté française en Amérique aux XVIe-XVIIIe siècles - une problématique.” Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, vol. 66, no. 1, 2012, pp. 5-35. DOI:10.7202/1021080ar.

  • de Stecher, Annette. “Les art wendats au service de la diplomatie et de la traite.” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 44, no. 2-3, 2014, pp. 65-77, 186-187, 192.

  • Dubois, Paul-André. Lire et écrire chez les Amérindiens de Nouvelle-France: aux origines de   la scolarisation et de la francisation des Autochtones du Canada, Presses de L’Université Laval, 2020.

  • Fulford, Tim and Kevin Hutchings, editors. Native Americans and Anglo-American Culture, 1750-1850: The Indian Atlantic. Cambridge UP, 2009.

  • Gordon, Jane Anna. Creolizing Political Theory: Reading Rousseau through Fanon. Fordham UP, 2014.

  • Gohier, Maxim. Onontio le médiateur : la gestion des conflits amérindiens en Nouvelle-France, 1603-1717. Septentrion, 2008.

  • Guillaud, Yann. “Apposer un symbole: quelques réflexions sur le totémisme et les signatures amérindiennes des traités.” Anthropologie et Sociétés, vol. 26, no. 2-3, 2002, pp. 215-234. DOI: 10.7202/007056ar.

  • Guillaud, Yann, Denys Delâge et Mathieu d’Avignon. “Les signatures amérindiennes: Essai d’interprétation des traités de paix de Montréal de 1700 et de 1701.” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 31, no. 2, 2001, pp. 21-41.

  • Harris, Michael D. Colored Pictures: Race and Visual Representation. U of North Carolina P, 2003.

  • Havard, Gilles. La grande paix de Montréal de 1701. Les voies de la diplomatie franco-amérindienne. Recherches amérindiennes au Québec. 1992.

  • ---. The Great Peace of Montreal of 1701: French-Native Diplomacy in the Seventeeth Century, translated by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2001.

  • Henry, Gordon, Jr. and Ivy Schweitzer, editors. Afterlives of Indigenous Archives: Essays in Honor of The Occom Circle. Dartmouth College P, 2019.

  • Jager, Rebecca Kay. Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sacagawea: Indian Women as Cultural Intermediaries and National Symbols. U of Oklahoma P, 2015.

  • Johnson, Laurence. “Note de recherche: Les lieux de la Paix de 1701 et autres considérations sur les campements amérindiens à Montréal.” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec, vol. 31, no. 2, 2001, pp. 9–19.

  • Johnson, Leslie Main. Trail of Story, Traveller’s Path: Reflections on Ethnoecology and Landscape. Athabasca UP, 2010.

  • Kagan, Richard L., editor. Spain in America: The Origins of Hispanism in the United States. U of Illinois P, 2002.

  • Kay, Cheryl. "Two-Eyed Seeing: Moving from Paralysis to Action in Understanding the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools in British Columbia, Canada.” Journal of Dance Education, vol. 17, no. 3, 2017, pp. 106-14.

  • Krupat, Arnold. Ethnocriticism: Ethnography, History, Literature. U of California P, 1992.

  • Lemire, Beverly, Laura Peers, and Anne Whitelaw, editors. Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c. 1780-1980. McGill-Queen’s/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Studies in Art History Series, no. 32, McGill-Queen’s UP, 2021.

  • Lennox, Jeffers. Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces, Imperial Fictions, and Competition for Territory in Northeastern North America, 1690-1763. U of Toronto P, 2017.

  • Lincoln, Bruce. Theorizing Myth: Narrative, Ideology, and Scholarship. U of Chicago P, 1999.

  • Mancall, Peter C. Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic. U of Pennsylvania P, 2017.

  • Mazlish, Bruce. Civilization and its Contents. Stanford UP, 2004.

  • Michie, Michael, Michelle Hogue, and Joël Rioux. “The Application of Both-Ways and Two-Eyed Seeing Pedagogy: Reflections on Engaging and Teaching Science to Post-Secondary Indigenous Students.” Research in Science Education, vol. 48, no. 6, 2018, pp. 1205-1220.

  • Moore, David L. That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America. U of Nebraska P, 2013.

  • Morin, Michel. “Des nations libres sans territoire? Les Autochtones et la colonisation de l’Amérique française du XVIe au XVIIIe siècle.” Journal of the History of International Law/Revue d’histoire du droit international, vol. 12, no. 1, 2010, pp. 1–70. doi:10.1163/157180510X12659062066153.

  • Motsch, Andreas. Lafitau et l’émergence du discours ethnographique. Septentrion, Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 2001.

  • Muthu, Sankar, editor. Empire and Modern Political Thought. Cambridge UP, 2012.

  • Nouvelle-France numérique. Digital archival documentation project re: New France

  • Parsons, Chris. “Medical Encounters and Exchange in Early Canadian Missions.” Scientia Canadensis, vol. 31, no. 1–2, 2008, pp. 49–66. doi:10.7202/019754ar.

  • Podruchny, Carolyn. Les voyageurs et leur monde: Voyageurs et traiteurs de fourrures en Amérique du Nord. Les Presses de L’Université Laval, 2009.

  • Premo, Bianca. The Enlightenment on Trial: Ordinary Litigants and Colonialism in the Spanish Empire. Oxford UP, 2017.

  • Sawaya, Jean-Pierre. “Les Amérindiens domiciliés et le protestantisme au XVIIIe siècle: Eleazar Wheelock et le Dartmouth College.” Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducaiton, vol. 22, no. 2, 2010, pp. 18-38. DOI: 10.32316/hse/rhe.v22i2.2332

  • Sioui, Georges E. Huron-Wendat: The Heritage of the Circle, translated by Jane Brierley. U of British Columbia P, 2000.  

  • Sleeper-Smith, Susan. Rethinking the Fur Trade : Cultures of Exchange in an Atlantic World. U of Nebraska P, 2009.

  • Stevens, Laura. The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility. U of Pennsylvania P, 2004.

  • Tuck, Eve, and K. Wayne Yang. “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education, and Society, vol. 1, no. 1, 2012, pp. 1-40.

  • Underhill, James W. Creating Worldviews: Metaphor, Ideology and Language. Edinburgh UP, 2011.

  • Van Kirk, Sylvia. Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trading Society in Western Canada, 1670-1870. U of Oklahoma P, 1983.

  • Venn, Couze. Occidentalism: Modernity and Subjectivity. Sage Publications, 2000.

  • White, Richard. The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815. U of Cambridge P, 2000.

  • Witgen, Michael. An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America. U of Pennsylvania P, 2012.

  • Woolford, Andrew, Alexander Laban Hinton, Jeff Benvenuto, editors. Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America. Duke UP, 2014.

  • Yaremko, Jason. Indigenous Passages to Cuba, 1515-1900. U of Florida P, 2016.

Indigenous Presence and Interventions in Canonical Eighteenth-Century Works

Updated September 13, 2021.

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