Contested Indigeneities, Contested Land: An Amazigh Perspective on the Western Sahara

The Western Sahara has long been a point of virulent contention in North Africa. Colonized by Spain until 1975, narratives of the history of the region differ dramatically based on political views. Is Morocco ‘illegally occupying’ the territory or has it ‘always been’ a part of Morocco? Did Moroccan King Hassan II’s Green March ‘invade’ […]

Indigenous Settler? Decolonization and the Politics of Exile

“Only Hawaiians are Native to Hawai’i. Everyone else is a settler.” – Haunani-Kay Trask1 What are the obligations of Indigenous people living as settlers on another Indigenous people’s stolen land? I have been wrestling with this question as an Amazigh (Indigenous North African) activist living and working in a settler colony, the United States, on […]

Free People: The Imazighen of North Africa

North Africa is widely portrayed as a part of the ‘Arab world’ or even together or associated with the Middle East, with the unfortunate misconception that Arabs are indigenous to North Africa. Yet there is an extensive ‘non-Arab’ population in North Africa: the true Indigenous people of the region. We are called Amazigh, plural Imazighen, […]

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