Once IPH4YP was out in the world, we heard from reviewers and other readers about topics they would have liked to see covered in the adaptation. Their suggestions included attention to Two Spirit people in Indigenous history and to relations between Native peoples and Black people in what's currently called North America, from colonization to the present.
We hope to one day be able to have a second edition of IPH4YP, but that's uncertain. We've decided that for now, we'll do a series of posts on this Web site to share what we learn about several of the topics suggested by readers -- things we'd like to include if a second edition happens.
These posts will include information we gain from our readings on the topics, with lists of resources educators and other readers can use to follow up on their own. We'll direct them to some of our favorite research rabbit-holes.
We're starting with questions and thoughts that come up as we do a close reading of Tiya Miles' Ties That Bind: The Story of An Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and in Freedom (Second edition). There's so much good to say about Ties That Bind. It's giving us lots to think, talk, and write about, and we think you might have the same reaction, so do see about getting a copy if you haven't read it.
We invite you to take a look at our first entry in this project. "Slavery and Early Treaties" takes off from Dr. Miles' text; we're looking right now at how a couple of early treaties between the US and Native Nations talked about and positioned Black people.
We hope you'll read and comment. What you have to say is likely to help us think more clearly about the topics at hand, and how we might eventually incorporate them into a second edition.