The year 2014 is coming to a close. On the Solstice we will enter a new year that is full of promise and challenge for the world’s indigenous nations. I shall take a moment in this space to reflect on the remarkable achievements of Fourth World peoples and suggest a new agenda in the next […]
As Rudolph C. Ryser of the Center for World Indigenous Studies noted in his interview at IC Magazine, the US Government extends legitimacy to some indigenous nations in the form of federally-recognized tribes, but due to termination policies of the past, most American Indians no longer live on reservations. These officially displaced Indians, some enrolled […]
RELIGION AND CULTURE Culture is a complex entity of political, economic and spiritual dimensions. The language, beliefs and values of a culture find expression in such things as music, song and dance, as well as in arts and crafts, fashion and style. As cultural properties, these attributes join governance and religion in distinguishing one particular […]
As I observed in my comment on Peter D’Errico’s article on Indigenous Peoples at the UN, the uproar in some circles over statements made by the National Congress of American Indians at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues this week is much ado about nothing. By this, I do not mean the issues and relationships […]
Perhaps it’s a holdover from 1950s TV Westerns where Indians were savages that had to be killed in order for the settlers to turn the wilderness into a garden. Then again, maybe it’s a more recent form of bigotry mobilized by resentment of the freedom and leisure enjoyed by pre-industrial, indigenous societies. Whatever the source […]
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