Everyday Acts of Resurgence

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Evading the Neo-colonial State Without Running to the Hills

Evading the Neo-colonial State Without Running to the Hills

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January 8, 2018

Evading the Neo-colonial State Without Running to the Hills: Nearly-Illegal Food Harvesting in Aotearoa

by Brad Coombes.
For decades, I evaded self-identification as a lawyer. While I recognize the emancipatory work that legal professionals can accomplish, I do not include my law degree on my business card and only raise that training in acts of revealingly self-deprecating humour. The shame reflects a deepening suspicion of law as a colonizing order, but it also flows from experience that neither grand courtroom deliberation nor any other form of extraordinary discourse is likely to sustain what is important for Maori. Conversely, I have also come to recognise the limitations of bellicose protest, blatantly illegal activities and other attempts to dismantle neo/colonialism through acts of belligerence. Hence, this think-piece is my homage to the subversive activities of Maori that inhabit the space between what society deems legal and illegal, for it is such everyday and not spectacular practices that most inconvenience the neo/colonial state.

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Table of contents

Ndithak | I Hear You by Lianne Charlie
Introduction by Jeff Corntassel, Taiaiake Alfred, Noelani Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua, Noenoe K. Silva, Hokulani Aikau, and Devi Mucina
Lawa Ku’u Lei by Kīhei de Silva


Resurgence as Relationality by Gina Starblanket
Renewal by Jeff Corntassel
Relentlessly Coastal: Parenting, Research, and Everyday Resurgence by Mick Scow
Decolonizing Indigenous Fatherhood by Devi Mucina
Embers of Micro-aggression by Dibikgeezhigokwe
From a Place of Love by Erynne M. Gilpin


Changes in the Land, Changes in Us by Taiaiake Alfred
Recovering Place Names from Hawaiian Literatures by Noenoe K. Silva
Mālama ʻĀina Koholālele by No’eau Peralto
Represencing Indigenous Peoples in the Landscape by Lisa Strelein
Fearless Regeneration by Senka Eriksen
Dan k’I by Shelby Blackjack


Dreaming is an Everyday Act of Resurgence by Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua
Bring the ‘Umeke of Poi to the Table by Hokulani Aikau
The SX̱OLE (Reef Net Fishery) as an Everyday Act of Resurgence by Nick XEMŦ0LTW̱ Claxton
Evading the Neo-colonial State Without Running to the Hills by Brad Coombes
Intimate Acts of Resurgence by Natalie Clark
Ua pā i ka leo by Maya L. Kawailanaokeawaiki Saffery
The Piko Æffect by Megumi Chibana

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