Cultured Queers/Queer Cultures [DRAFT]
Title: Decolonising Post-settler Indigenous Masculinity.
Like many things, culture included, masculinity has changed over time. It too has shown to be dynamic. Tenga (Hawaii 2008), McKeney (Turlte Island 2014 ), Driskell (Turtle Island 2011) and Hokowhitu (New Zealand 2012) are notable international scholars of Indigenous masculinities and highlight this throughout their work. However Indigenous masculinity within a post-settler Australian context has never really been formally challenged or unpacked from an Indigenous Australian male perspective. My question is how much of an influence has colonial settlement in Australia affected pre-settler ideas of Indigenous masculinity. When we look at pre-settler roles and responsibilities available, there is evidence that some defy today’s gender norms. So what does that tell us about the contemporary Indigenous masculinity ? Is it perhaps that perhaps that hegemony of masculinity has made us, as Indigenous males inefficient because we hold our actions and behaviours accountable to colonial views and gender and sexuality ? By using Indigenous Standpoint Theory (Martin 2007) as decolonising practice I will endeavour to implement an auto-ethnographic lens and ask that we re-vision Indigenous masculinity and that we re-think and re-imagine our roles and relationships. But, most importantly we explore what the implications, are, both negative and positive, when our being cannot be disconnected from contemporary society.