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Indigenous Peoples' Wisdom and Power

Affirming Our Knowledge Through Narratives, 1st Edition


312 pages

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Capturing the narratives of indigenes, this book presents a unique anthology on global Indigenous peoples' wisdoms and ways of knowing. Covering issues of religion, cultural self-determination, philosophy, spirituality, sacred sites, oppression, gender and the suppressed voices of women, the diverse global contexts across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America, and Oceania are highlighted. The contributions represent heart-felt expressions of Indigenous peoples from various contexts - their triumphs and struggles, their gains and losses, their reflections on the past, present, and future - telling their accounts in their own voices. Opening new vistas for understanding historical ancient knowledge, preserved and practiced by Indigenous people for millennia, this innovative anthology illuminates areas of philosophy, science, medicine, health, architecture, and botany to reveal knowledge suppressed by Western academic studies.


’The collection contains excellent contributions, and the most accessible are those that link oral history or customary usage to contemporary matters. There are fine chapters on indigenous research and mobilization in New Zealand, Australia, North America, India, and Kenya…Recommended.’ Choice

Table of Contents

Contents: Prologue; Synopsis; Ancient Indigenous Cultures: Indigenous San knowledge and survival struggles, Kxao Moses and Oma and Axel Thoma; Nila.Ngany - Possessing/having/belonging to knowledge: indigenous knowledge systems in Aboriginal Australia, Pat Torres; Indigenist research, First nations people in Australia, and colonized peoples, Lester Irabbina-Rigney; North America: The power of indigenous knowledge: navigating the naming of indigenous groups and identities amidst the legacy of European colonial definitions in Canada, Laara Fitznor; Indigenous wisdom and power: telling the truth about the story of resistance of Asdsaa Tl'ogi, wife of Hastiin Ch'il Hajiin, a leader of the Dineh, Jennifer Nez Denetdale; Exploring healing and the body through Chinese medicine, Roxanne Ng; South America: Indigenous Muchik wisdom at work: the tale of a Mestiza, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanpo; The Caribbean: Indigenous wisdom at work in Jamaica: the power of Kumina, Dianne Stewart; The Pacific: A celebration of Maori sacred and spiritual wisdom, Rangimarie Turuki Pere; Architecture in Papua New Guinea: implications for indigenous learners, Kora Malele Korawali; Asia: Multiple voices of resilience and resistance: the Ainu peoples of Hokkaido, Japan, Etsuko Aoki and Kiyoko Kitahara; Emerging forms of governance among indigenous communities: nations, states and ecological citizens in Jharkhand, India, Pramod Parajuli; Europe: Tour in the old and new Vuornese: a Saami journey, Asa Virdi Kroik; Africa: African indigenous world-views and ancient wisdom: a conceptual framework for development in Southern Africa, Vimbai Gukwe Chivaura; Indigenous Xhosa wisdom in contemporary South Africa/Azania: the power of Izibongo, Somadoda Fikeni; Human rights violation and indigenous peoples of Africa: the case of the Maasai people, Naomi Kipuri; How indigenous African knowledge systems inform contemporary human rights perspectives in an era of globalization, Julian Kunnie; Epilogue; Index.

About the Originator

Nomalungelo I. Goduka is Professor of Human Environmental Studies at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA. Julian E. Kunnie is Director and Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona, USA.

About the Series

Vitality of Indigenous Religions

Routledge's Vitality of Indigenous Religions series offers an exciting cluster of research monographs, drawing together volumes from leading international scholars across a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Indigenous religions are vital and empowering for many thousands of indigenous peoples globally, and dialogue with, and consideration of, these diverse religious life-ways promises to challenge and refine the methodologies of a number of academic disciplines, whilst greatly enhancing understandings of the world.

This series explores the development of contemporary indigenous religions from traditional, ancestral precursors, but the characteristic contribution of the series is its focus on their living and current manifestations. Devoted to the contemporary expression, experience and understanding of particular indigenous peoples and their religions, books address key issues which include: the sacredness of land, exile from lands, diasporic survival and diversification, the indigenization of Christianity and other missionary religions, sacred language, and re-vitalization movements. Proving of particular value to academics, graduates, postgraduates and higher level undergraduate readers worldwide, this series holds obvious attraction to scholars of Native American studies, Maori studies, African studies and offers invaluable contributions to religious studies, sociology, anthropology, geography and other related subject areas.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General