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Being Indigenous

Perspectives on Activism, Culture, Language and Identity, 1st Edition

Edited by Neyooxet Greymorning


246 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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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 cultureGunvor 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 ReconciliationJames (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)

About the Editor

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General