International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
The concept of indigenous peoples has not only been hotly debated within academic circles over the past two decades, it has been met with skepticism if not outright rejection among representatives of governments, especially in Asia and Africa.
This book does not dwell or expand on the controversy on the applicability of the concept to Asia. Its point of departure is the fact that more and more groups in Asia identify themselves as indigenous peoples, and its ultimate purpose is to provide assistance in addressing the practical question of how the concept of indigenous peoples can be applied in the particular context of Asian nations. This volume includes key articles that directly or indirectly address the issue from historical, anthropological, legal and indigenous activistsâ€™ perspectives, and at international, regional, national and local levels.