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Being Indigenous
Perspectives on Activism, Culture, Language and Identity

ISBN 9781138314900
Published November 29, 2018 by Routledge
264 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume gives voice to an impressive range of Indigenous authors who share their knowledge and perspectives on issues that pertain to activism, culture, language and identity – the fabric of being Indigenous. The contributions highlight the experiences of Indigenous peoples from a variety of countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Greenland, Norway and Russia. The book provides valuable historical and political insight into the lingering impact of colonization, considering the issues faced by Indigenous peoples today and reflecting on the ability of their cultures, languages and identities to survive in the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Neyooxet Greymorning  (Arapaho, USA)

Part I: Telling "His-stories"

1. Examining a Political Reality of Indigenous Language and Culture  Neyooxet Greymorning  (Arapaho, USA)

2. Life After Land Loss: Forced Relocation Policies and their Consequences for the Kola Sámi  Anna Afanasyeva (Sámi, Russia)

3. Eualeyai Story Tracks Larissa Behrendt  (Aboriginal, Australia)

Part II: Perspectives on Cultural Ways of Being Indigenous 

4. The Staying Force of Inuit Knowledge  Peter Irniq (Inuit, Canada)

5. Traditions and Traditional Knowledge in the Sámi culture  Gunvor Guttorm  (Sámi, Norway)

6. The Lessons of Coyote and the Medicine Tree  Arleen Adams (Salish-Kootenai, Montana, USA)

Part III: Perspectives on Colonization and Identity

7. Colonization as Myth-Making; A Case Study in Aotearoa  Moana Jackson (Maori, New Zealand)

8. Of This Red Earth  Henrietta Mann (Cheyenne-Arapaho, Oklahoma, USA)

9. For a Greenlandic Independence  Jens Heinrich, (Greenlander, Greenland)

Part IV: Perspectives on Activism and Philosophy

10. The Split-Head Resistance and Reconciliation  James (Sa'ke'j) Youngblood Henderson (Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma, USA)

11. Reflections and Feelings Deriving from a Pulakaumaka within my Heart  Kauanoe Kamanā (Hawaiian, Hilo, Hawaii)

12. Original ('Indigenous') Nations and Philosophical Activism  Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape, USA)

13. She Must be Civilized, She Paints Her Toenails  Sharon Venne (Cree, Canada)

Part V: Perspectives on Language and Cultural Survival

14. Current Status and Issues of Ainu Cultural Revitalization  Jirota Kitahara, (Ainu, Japan) (Translation by Jeff Gayman [Japan])

15. Language Rejuvenation and Accelerated Second Language Acquisition  Neyooxet Greymorning (Arapaho, USA)

16. Literacy and Revitalizing Endangered Languages  Robert Hall (Blackfeet, Montana, USA)

17. A Discussion on Blackfoot Language Rejuvenation  Neyooxet Greymorning, Robert Hall and Sterling HolyWhiteMountain (Blackfeet, Montana, USA)

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Neyooxet Greymorning is a Professor in the Departments of Native American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Montana, USA.