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Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World

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ISBN 9781864489262
Published August 1, 2000 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

Increasingly, Indigenous people are being drawn into global networks. In the long term, cultural isolation is unlikely to be a viable even if sometimes desired option, so how can Indigenous people protect and advance their cultural values in the face of pressures from an interconnected world?

Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World is a comprehensive, thought provoking discussion of the challenges that globalisation brings to Indigenous peoples. It discusses successful strategies that have been used by Indigenous peoples to promote their identities and cultural values. It looks at their roles as equal and active participants and, indeed, as innovators and leaders in an interconnected world.

The chapters in this book present a global perspective on Indigenous issues. They feature a cross-disciplinary integration that takes a holistic approach in-line with that of most Indigenous peoples and include vignettes of Indigenous cultural practices.

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1. Globalisation and Indigenous Peoples: Threat or Empowerment? - Claire Smith, Heather Burke and Graeme Ward

2. Resources of Hope: Learning from the Local in a Trans-national Era - Faye Ginsburg

3. From Clan Symbol to Ethnic Emblem: Indigenous Creativity in a Connected World - Robert Layton

4. Cyberspace Smoke Signals: New Technologies and Native American Ethnicity - Larry J. Zimmerman, Karen P. Zimmerman and Leonard R. Bruguier

5. History, Representation, Globalisation and Indigenous Cultures: A Tasmanian Perspective - Julie Gough

6. Indigenous Presence in the Sydney games - Lisa Meekison

7. Elite Art for Cultural Elites: Adding Value to Indigenous Arts - Howard Morphy

8. Cultural Tourism in an Interconnected World: tensions and Aspirations in Latin America - Penny Dransart

9. Past and Future Pathways: Innu Cultural Heritage in the Twenty-first C

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DR CLAIRE SMITH is Lecturer in Archaeology at the Flinders University of South Australia. An active field archaeologist, she has had extensive experience with indigenous communities in Australia and Asia. She is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Australian Archaeology and Rock Art Research.

DR GRAEME K. WARD is a senior research fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra.

The contributors include DANIEL ASHINI, Vice President of the Innu Nation in western Canada; HOWARD MORPHY, Senior Research Council Fellow at the Australian National University and Professor of Anthropology at University College London;FAYE GINSBURG, director of the Centre for Media, Culture and History at New York University; DR PENNY DRANSART, a lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Wales; GATJIL DJERRKURA, chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, Canberra, Australia; and STEPHEN LORING, a mus