Indigeneity, Race, and Critical Spiritual Literacy in the African Diaspora
Chapter 2. Theories of Diasporic Indigeneity and Black Feminisms: Living and Imagining Indigeneity Differently
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THEORIES OF DIASPORIC INDIGENEITY AND BLACK FEMINISMS
Living and Imagining Indigeneity Differently
The Souls of Yoruba Folk is anchored in three theoretical frameworks: Indigenous knowledges, anticolonial theory, and Black/African feminisms. I draw from and build on these theoretical models of analysis to critically contextualize the experiences of Yoruba peoples in diasporic and Euro-dominant contexts. Indigenous literatures and anticolonial and African/Black feminist frameworks allow for a more nuanced and critical reading of how issues of race, class, spirituality, gender, language, religion, and especially notions of Indigeneity interlock in the lives and experiences of Yoruba peoples in the diaspora.
Within the anticolonial discursive framework, there is a particular focus on the term “Indigenous” as a vitally significant concept in anticolonial thought. I argue that this term needs to be revisited, extended beyond existing ideas, and critically interrogated where diasporic Africans are concerned, so that critical spiritual literacy as a conceptual tool can be effectively understood and applied in this book. I maintain that Indigeneity (or Indigenous identities) need to be imagined differently so that the unique positionings of especially diasporic Africans can be accorded a space to theorize the particularities of their experiences. In other words, there is a need for a shift in how notions of Indigeneity are taken up so that they are not imagined as ← 17 | 18 → singular, in the way that those who often work from exclusively Eurocentric perspectives do. Hence, more flexible approaches with Indigeneity...
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