About First Peoples: Vision
In January 2009, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded four university presses a collaborative grant that established an innovative partnership. The grant supports the publication of 40 books over four years and will create the means for the presses to collaborate in their mission of furthering scholarly communication in the field of Indigenous studies. Our publishing initiative seeks the best and most robust scholarship by junior authors whose publications will contribute to the development of the field.
The initiative aims to demonstrate the ways Indigenous traditional and lived experiences contribute to and reframe discourses on the history, culture, identity and rights of Indigenous peoples worldwide. Indigenous studies encompasses scholarship on more than 370 million people from more than seventy countries. The field reflects and reinforces a dynamic international movement that is playing a vital role in nations across the globe. World-wide, the field of Indigenous studies is being defined by focusing on core concepts, including indigeneity, sovereignty, and traditional knowledge.
Outstanding scholarship lies at the core of our collaboration. Our collaborating presses support the field of Indigenous studies through four core objectives: