Chhaya CDC
DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)
Jahajee Sisters
Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
The Rajkumari Cultural Center
Indo-Caribbean Alliance
Caribbean Equality Project


Ro(u)ted by Our Stories: Silenced Indo-Caribbean Voices Speak. Oral history interviews with Indo-Caribbean womxn and gender-expansive folx.


Ali, Grace Aneiza. Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora. Cambridge, England: Open Book Publishers, 2020.

Bahadur, Gaiutra. Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013.

Bahadur, Gaiutra. “Of Islands and Other Mothers.” In Nonstop Metropolis. Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2016.

Bahadur, Gaiutra. “Tales of the Sea: A Sisterhood of the Boat.” The Griffith Review. Issue 59: Commonwealth Now. January 2018.

Jaikaran, Elizabeth. Trauma. Brunswick, Maine: Shanti Arts, 2017.

Misir, Nadia. “Grief, Gods and Nails.” Papercuts Magazine. Volume 20: Nomad. Fall 2018.

Misir, Nadia. “Guyana ♥ Country.” The Margins. March 13, 2015.


Hosein, Gabrielle Jamela and Lisa Outar, eds. Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Genealogies, Theories, Enactments. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

Khan, Aliyah. Far from Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2020.

Warikoo, Natasha. Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City. Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2011.

Gaiutra Bahadur, author of Coolie Woman: the Odyssey of Indenture, is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University-Newark in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. Her Archival Creators Fellowship project focuses on documenting within Guyanese communities descended from Indian indentured laborers. The Archival Creators Fellowship Program is made possible with a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read Gaiutra's writing about her fellowship project in TIDES:
• The Things We Carried
• The Storytellers in the Mandir
• Notes Toward a Prehistory
No Homeland Here

You can also listen to the oral history interviews Gaiutra conducted for her project and browse the archival materials she collected.

For their work and their guidance, Gaiutra is deeply grateful to her advisory board members William Depoo at DRUM, Annetta Seecharan at CHHAYA CDC, Pritha, Chitra and Karna Singh at the Rakjumari Cultural Center, Aminta Kilawan at Sadhana and the members of the collective of Ro(u)ted by Our Stories: Arita Balaram, Sasha Balkaran, Lissa Deonarain, Kimmi Ramnine, Tarika Sankar, Dharani Persaud, Simone Devi Jhingoor, Shivana Jorawar, and Yasmin Toney.