The assumption that marriage is only between a man and a women. This concept is largely a product of the biological construction of the family in which marriage is inherently connected to reproduction. This idea of heteronormativity asserts that anyone who falls outside of the normal scope of sexuality is uncivilised and a threat to society. Ideas of heteronormativity are employed within the settler state to oppress Indigenous identity and political autonomy.
Title: When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty
Author: Mark Rifkin
Source: Seattle Municipal Archives