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The Indigenous Experience: Global Perspectives is the first book of its kind. In attempting to present the reader with some of the richness and heterogeneity of Indigenous colonial experiences, the articles featured in this provocative new volume constitute a broad survey of Indigenous peoples from around the globe. Examples are drawn from the North American nations of Canada and the United States; the Hispanic nations of Latin America; Australia; New Zealand; Hawaii and Rapanui from Oceania; from Northern Europe and the circumpolar region, Norway; and from the continent of Africa, an example from Nigeria.
The readings focus on the broader issues of indigeneity in globalization. The book is organized by universal themes that stretch across national and geographic boundaries:
- The processes of colonization that include conquest, slavery, and dependence
- Colonialism, genocide, and the problem of intention
- Social constructs, myths, and criminalization
- The ongoing struggle to attain social justice, self-determination, and equity
Reviews and Comments
"[To date], there is no other focused text on racism, especially in the context of Canada, that 'takes on' the established orthodoxy of the liberal multiculturalist agenda of assimilation/cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples."
- Gerald Taiaiake Alfred, Indigenous Peoples Research Chair, University of Victoria
"The editors of this book are to be congratulated for producing a powerful, timely, cross-disciplinary collection that reflects the richness and diversity of the Indigenous experience. The essays examine not only the local and national paradigms within which Indigenous societies and cultures have been traditionally understood, but also how these are linked to and interact with a broader colonial and transnational context.... This is an indispensable book. It will be an excellent classroom resource.... This book will assist both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, 'inextricably interlocked as partners to jointly explor[e] a post-colonial alternative for living together different without drifting apart.'"
- Sarah A. Carter, Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics, and School of Native Studies, University of Alberta
"This book is a welcome addition to the literature. Perhaps its greatest strength is its breadth of coverage in terms of historical eras, colonizing powers, and the conditions and forces created by colonialism, as discussed by renowned authors.... This book does not shy away from the gory details of the colonial experience. As a result, colonialism does not come across as a mere academic abstraction; rather, it leaps off the page as a vivid reality."
- J. Rick Ponting, Sociology Department, University of Calgary
Roger CA Maaka is Head of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a respected academic from New Zealand, a Maori expert and scholar.
Chris Andersen is Metis from Saskatchewan, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta.
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Canadian Scholars’ Press gratefully acknowledges financial support for our publishing activities from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.