1st Edition

Indigenous Places and Colonial Spaces The Politics of Intertwined Relations

Edited By Nicole Gombay, Marcela Palomino-Schalscha Copyright 2019
    268 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In the aftermath of colonial occupation, Indigenous peoples have long fought to assert their sovereignty. This requires that settler colonial societies comprehend the inadequacy of their responses to Indigenous peoples’ contestations of existing power relations.

    Taking an international and contemporary perspective, this book critically explores the extent to which Indigenous peoples are transforming the conditions of their coexistence with settler colonial societies. With contributions from Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers across the humanities and social sciences, the book is divided into four sections that reflect some key arenas of debate: ontological negotiations; assertions of connections to and rights over land; the contradictions embedded in practices of "recognition"; and the possibilities for change based on rightful relationships. From medicine to urban spaces, from love to alternative economies, from acts of citizenship to environmental justice, the chapters of this book provide a grounded analysis of how these spaces of intertwined coexistence are being crafted, resisted, reconfigured, and expanded.

    Providing concrete insight into the responses of Indigenous communities to the impacts of settler colonialism, this book will appeal to researchers in Cultural Geography, Anthropology, Rural Studies, Political Geography, Indigenous Studies, and Settler Colonial Studies.

    1. (Re)forming the intertwined forces and structures of Indigenous–settler colonial relations

    Nicole Gombay & Marcela Palomino-Schalscha

    Part I - Being, Becoming, and Knowing: Ontological questions in an intertwined present

    2. It’s not "Traditional" without the elders: epistemological authority in a Macehual knowledge system

    Aurelio Ramírez Cazarez, Filomena Sedillo Parra, Aurelio Ramírez Campos, Raúl Ramírez Guerrero, Emma Ramírez Campos, Hortencia Ramírez Campos, D. Lane Santa Cruz, and Patrisia Gonzales

    3. Everything is love: mobilising knowledges, identities and places as Bawaka

    Sarah Wright, Sandie Suchet-Pearson, Kate Lloyd, Laklak Burarrwanga, Ritjilili Ganambarr, Merrkiyawuy Ganambarr-Stubbs, Banbapuy Ganambarr, Djawundil Maymuru and Marnie Graham

    4. Narratives of Indigenous place(s), space(s) and citizenship(s)

    Sarah Henzi

    Part II - Asserting Connections, Belonging, and Responsibilities: The politics of territory, land and home

    5. Reclaiming a place. Post-colonial appropriations of the colonial at Budj Bim, Western Victoria, Australia

    Louise C. Johnson

    6. Making Indigenous space in the city: Mapuche migrations and territorial reconfigurations in Concepción, Chile

    Bastien Sepúlveda

    7. Counter-mapping commercial forests and reclaiming Indigenous reindeer herding pastures in Finnish Upper-Lapland

    Nuccio Mazzullo

    Part III - Scrutinizing Recognition: The contradicitons of exclusionary inclusions

    8. The tortuous politics of recognition: Local festivities, protest and violence in Oaxaca, Mexico

    Julie Métais

    9. The politics of indigeneity recognition in Southeast Asia: opportunities, challenges and some reflections related to communal land titling in Cambodia

    Ian G. Bairde

    10. Emerging political movements in the post-Ainu Culture Promotion Act era in Japan

    Hiroshi Maruyama

    Part IV - Rightful Relationships. Enacting change for entangled futures

    11. Building an alternative economy as decolonial praxis

    Erin Araujo

    12. Governing for Indigenous environmental justice in Canada

    Deborah McGregor


    Nicole Gombay, Associate Professor at the Université de Montréal. Since the 1990s, both within and outside of academia, Nicole has sought to understand the experiences of Indigenous peoples in the context of settler colonialism. Inevitably, this has also made her think about her own experiences as a settler. 

    Marcela Palomino-Schalscha, Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. Marcela has research interests in development studies, human geography and political ecology, with a special emphasis on Indigenous issues. She theorises the politics of scale and place, diverse and solidarity economies, decolonisation, tourism and development in Latin America.