Narratives of Race and Indigeneity in the Genographic Project


  • Kim TallBear

    1. Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University and a President's Postdoctoral Fellow in ESPM and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley.
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In its quest to sample 100,000 “indigenous and traditional peoples,” the Genographic Project deploys five problematic narratives: (1) that “we are all African”; (2) that “genetic science can end racism”; (3) that “indigenous peoples are vanishing”; (4) that “we are all related”; and (5) that Genographic “collaborates” with indigenous peoples. In so doing, Genographic perpetuates much critiqued, yet longstanding notions of race and colonial scientific practice.