How we relate to other cultures depends on how we view them. If our perspective is tainted by the inherent conventional bias of settler societies, then our comprehension will be limited at best. Since this bias is often an unconscious barrier to understanding, it sometimes helps to learn from others’ mistakes. In The Zuni […]
The word shaman comes from the language of the reindeer people of Siberia. To subdue these nomadic people who ranged from the Urals to Mongolia to the Arctic Circle, the Communist Party first exterminated the shamans. The people there still enact an annual ritual of their souls flying to the sun on the backs of […]
I just finished reading Brotherhood to Nationhood by Peter McFarlane, the biography of the legendary First Nations leader and world indigenous organizer, the late Grand Chief George Manuel from British Columbia. As the principal strategist and spokesman for the self-determination of Canadian Indians from the 1950s to the 1980s, it’s hard to overstate the key […]
In Mike Cronin’s book A History of Ireland, we see how over the last eight centuries the Irish learned to experiment with and master the tools of decolonization. As Britain’s first colony, the methods of domination used elsewhere in its future empire were also learned there, and combined, these lessons as detailed by author Cronin […]
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