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.
Table of Contents
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)
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
7. Counter-mapping commercial forests and reclaiming Indigenous reindeer herding pastures in Finnish Upper-Lapland
Part III - Scrutinizing Recognition: The contradicitons of exclusionary inclusions
8. The tortuous politics of recognition: Local festivities, protest and violence in Oaxaca, Mexico
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
Part IV - Rightful Relationships. Enacting change for entangled futures
11. Building an alternative economy as decolonial praxis
12. Governing for Indigenous environmental justice in Canada
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.