How can indigeneity be approached experimentally, continuing Cultural Anthropology’s long established commitment to provide space to question, test, and play with established formulations of how the world works, and should be studied? How have constructions of indigenous and minority status in a given region changed over time, and what kinds of political and legal infrastructure have been involved? How have local, academic, and political notions of indigeneity traveled across regions and fields of action? What roles have groups granted indigenous and minority status played in stabilizing, contesting, or otherwise negotiating their status? What are the range of interests in play in designating indigenous and minority rights, and what examples of innovative governance of these interests can be brought to bear in future governance efforts? How have governing mechanisms traveled, and how can vast differences among terrains of application be accounted for and addressed?
-- Editors’ Introduction to “Emergent Indigeneities”