Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas

Cover of the book titled "Indigenous Visions."

Edited by Ned Blackhawk, professor of history and American studies, and Isaiah Lorado Wilner, postdoctoral fellow in the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

 (Yale University Press)

Indigenous Visions” charts the influence of Indigenous thinkers on Franz Boas, the founder of modern anthropology.

In 1911, the publication of Boas’s “The Mind of Primitive Man” challenged widely held claims about race and intelligence that justified violence and inequality. Now, a group of leading scholars examines how this groundbreaking work hinged on relationships with a global circle of Indigenous thinkers who used Boasian anthropology as a medium for their ideas. Contributors also examine how Boasian thought intersected with the work of major modernist figures, demonstrating how ideas of diversity and identity sprang from colonization and empire.

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