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Istrouma : Manifeste houma. T. Mayheart Dardar. Avant-propos de Cedric Sunray.

ISBN: 978-098573450-3. $15.00

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Istrouma : Manifeste houma. T. Mayheart Dardar. Avant-propos de Cedric Sunray.

     Istrouma is at once a broad history of indigenous America and of colonized peoples across the world that repeatedly returns its focus to the Houma people, native to southeastern Louisiana. T. Mayheart Dardar of the United Houma Nation highlights state and federal challenges to being Indian in both historic and modern times. Dardar’s Manifesto weaves together the forces of global colonization, national policies of federal acknowledgement, and local politics and politicians who promise justice while extracting ever greater resources from Yakni Houma—Houma country.
     Through well-researched essays, insightful commentary, and stirring poetry, Dardar shares with the reader a glimpse of what it means to be Houma. Though rooted to their lands, the Houma are not a static people. Their way of being has changed, even as the markers of modern indigenous identity demonstrate their determination to remain connected to their ancestors. This is a volume that takes the reader to the heart of Houma identity. Mr. Dardar’s Manifesto may be one of the most significant works published by Les Cahiers du Tintamarre.