Brian Hudson

"Nonhuman Sovereignty and Cherokee Politics"

This paper addresses the traditional tribal stories that recognize the sovereignty of nonhuman species. Many American Indian oral traditions recognize the importance of relationships with nonhuman animals. Linda Hogan, for instance, claims that much traditional oral literature recognizes “treaties” with nonhuman species; John Mohawk tells an anecdote in which Oren Lyons asks the United Nations why representative seats don’t exist for various nonhuman species; and the Eastern Band Cherokee story “Origin of Disease and Medicine” (which the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has referenced in a political document) conceptualizes the political interests of nonhuman species against human encroachment.



Brian K. Hudson is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation from Bushyhead, Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Hudson recently published a special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures on animal studies and edited Carter Revard’s latest collection of poetry, From the Extinct Volcano, A Bird of Paradise. His short story “Land Run on Sooner City” will be published by Theytus Books in the upcoming anthology mitewacimowina: Indigenous Science Fiction & Speculative Storytelling.


Friday, 25 June, 4.00-5.30pm. Forms of Life in Biopolitics, Animal Studies, Ecocriticism.

Senatssaal der Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät