A Reader- Foreword by Akwasi Asabere-Ameyaw
Edited By George J. Sefa Dei
2. (Re) Conceptualizing ‘Indigenous’ from Anti-Colonial and Black Feminist Theoretical Perspectives: Living and Imagining Indigeneity Differently Temitope Adefarakan 34
This chapter is anchored in two theoretical frameworks: anti-colonial theory and Black/Africanfeminisms. I draw from and build on these theoretical models of analysis to critically contex- tualize the experiences of Yoruba peoples in diasporic and Euro-dominant contexts. Both anti-colo- nial and African/Black feminist frameworks allow for a more critical and nuanced 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 anti-colonial discursive framework, there is a particular focus on the term “Indigenous” as a vitally significant concept in anti-colonial thought. I ar gue that this concept needs to be revisited and extended beyond existing ideas, where it is critically interrogated where diasporic Africans are concerned. I maintain that Indigeneity (or Indigenous identities) need to be imagined differently so that the unique positionings, especially, of diasporic Africans can be accord- ed 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 singular, in the way that those who often work from exclusively Eurocentric or postmodern perspectives do. Hence, more flexible approaches with Indigeneity need to be engaged because this concept is often taken up to exclude diasporic African identities. Instead, I argue that this intellectual shift in notions of Indigeneity needs to include a variety of Indigenous peoples’ experiences so that Indigeneity or “Indigenous” is engaged...
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