A Sovereign People

A Sovereign People

Indigenous Nationhood, Traditional Law, and the Covenants of the Cheyenne Nation

Plains Histories

by Leo K. Killsback

Published by: Texas Tech University Press

Imprint: Texas Tech University Press

312 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00

  • Paperback
  • 9781682830376
  • Published: October 2019


  • eBook
  • 9781682830529
  • Published: April 2020


(Volume 2 of 2) Killsback, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, reconstructs and rekindles an ancient Cheyenne world--ways of living and thinking that became casualties of colonization and forced assimilation. Spanning more than a millennium of antiquity and recovering stories and ideas interpreted from a Cheyenne worldview, the works’ joint purpose is rooted as much in a decolonization roadmap as it is in preservation of culture and identity for the next generations of Cheyenne people. Dividing the story of the Cheyenne Nation into pre- and post-contact, A Sacred People and A Sovereign People lay out indigenously conceived possibilities for employing traditional worldviews to replace unhealthy and dysfunctional ones bred of territorial, cultural, and psychological colonization.