Indigenous ontologies recognize a relational responsibility between all things, termed kinship. Kinship articulates the interdependence of all things, highlighting the intersectionality of socio-spatial relationships. It is a system which describes the ways in which people relate to one another & the world, including their personal relations such as family, and has a rich indigenous history. Queer Kinship Theory is needed because too often kinship is construed heteronormatively, where queer people are not legitimately recognized. It argues for the inherent queerness of kinship, & serves to validate the kinship relation of queer partnerships.
Author: Tyler Bradway & Elizabeth Freeman
Title: When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty
Author: Mark Rifkin
Author: Watarrka Foundation