"Returns to a Native Land?' Indigeneity and Decolonisation in the Anglophone Caribbean" in Small Axe, 41, 108-122
This essay explores the narrative of “aboriginal absence,” arguably the foundational colonial myth of Caribbean history. Since the early colonial period, the space of the “native” in the Caribbean context has been treated as a space left vacant for others to fill. Beginning in the 1960s, this narrative of aboriginal absence was widely incorporated across a range of genres into texts that constitute the anglophone Caribbean's decolonizing intellectual tradition.
Melanie Newton is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto and specializes in the history of the Caribbean and Atlantic World.
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