1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Development

    538 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook inverts the lens on development, asking what Indigenous communities across the globe hope and build for themselves. In contrast to earlier writing on development, this volume focuses on Indigenous peoples as inspiring theorists and potent political actors who resist the ongoing destruction of their livelihoods. To foster their own visions of development, they look from the present back to Indigenous pasts and forward to Indigenous futures.

    Key questions:

    • How do Indigenous theories of justice, sovereignty, and relations between humans and non-humans inform their understandings of development?
    • How have Indigenous people used Rights of Nature, legal pluralism, and global governance systems to push for their visions?
    • How do Indigenous relations with the Earth inform their struggles against natural resource extraction?
    • How have native peoples negotiated the dangers and benefits of capitalism to foster their own life projects?
    • How do Indigenous peoples in diaspora and in cities around the world contribute to Indigenous futures?
    • How can Indigenous intellectuals, artists, and scientists control their intellectual property and knowledge systems and bring into being meaningful collective life projects?

    The book is intended for Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists, communities, scholars, and students. It provides a guide to current thinking across the disciplines that converge in the study of development, including geography, anthropology, environmental studies, development studies, political science, and Indigenous studies.

    Introduction: Indigenous Futurities: Rethinking Indigenous Development

    Katharina Ruckstuhl, Irma A. Velasquez Nimatuj, John Andrew McNeish and Nancy Postero

    Part I – Retheorizing Development

    Nancy Postero, Editor

    Chapter 1 – Indigenous Development as Flourishing Intergenerational Relationships

    Krushil Watene

    Chapter 2 – Violent Colonialism: The Doctrine of Discovery and its Historical Continuity

    Rigoberto Quemé-Chay

    Chapter 3 – Capitalism and Development

    Sarah A. Radcliffe

    Chapter 4 – Refusing Development and the Death of Indigenous Life

    Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez

    Chapter 5 – Two-Spirit Issues in Development

    Margaret Robinson and Naomi Bird

    Chapter 6 – The struggles of Tseltal women and Caring for the Earth: reflections on sustaining life-existence in times of the pandemic

    Vicky Velasco and Mariana Mora

    Chapter 7 – Towards a Plurinational State in Guatemala

    Ollantay Itzamná

    Chapter 8 – Pluck the Stars from the Sky: The Pluriverse of Adivasi Health in India

    Megan Moodie

    Part II – Law, Self-Governance, and Security

    John-Andrew McNeish, Editor

    Chapter 9 – The Inca and Indigenous Development: Recalling A Native American Empire in South America

    Paul Goldstein

    Chapter 10 – Indians and the State: Negotiating Progress, Modernity, and Development in Bolivia

    Carmen Soliz

    Chapter 11 – The Constituent Process in Chile (2019-2022) from the Perspective of Indigenous Peoples

    Juan Jorge Faundes Peñafiel

    Chapter 12 – Negotiating Legal Pluralism and Indigenous Development: Lessons From Bolivia

    Magali Vienca Copa Pabón, Amy Kennemore, Elizabeth López Canela

    Chapter 13 – Sámi Political Shifts: from assimilation, via invisibility to indigenization?

    Eva Josefsen

    Chapter 14 – Reflections on a career in Indigenous Intellectual Property Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

    Aroha Te Pareake Mead in conversation with Sequoia Short

    Chapter 15 – Maya K’iche’ community responses to gender violence in Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala

    Rachel Sieder

    Chapter 16 – Reconceptualizing Gendered Violence: Indigenous Women’s Life Projects and Solutions

    Lynn Stephen

    Chapter 17 – Indigenous Autonomy: Opportunities and Pitfalls

    John Cameron and Wilfredo Plata

    Chapter 18 – The implementation paradox: Ambiguities of prior consultation and free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) for Indigenous peoples’ agency in resource extraction in Latin America

    Riccarda Flemmer

    Chapter 19 – Indigenous-led spaces in environmental governance: Implications for self-determined development

    Almut Schilling-Vacaflor and Maria-Therese Gustafsson

    Part III – Relations with the Earth

    John-Andrew McNeish, Editor

    Chapter 20 – The Role of Traditional Environmental Knowledge in Planetary Well-Being

    Deborah McGregor, Danika Littlechild and Mahisha Sritharan

    Chapter 21 – Building Kiaʻi Futures: Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu and Protecting Mauna Kea

    Cameron Grimm

    Chapter 22 – Place attachment, sacred geography, and solidarity: Indigenous conceptions of development as meaningful life in Mongolia and Norway

    Andrei Marin and Mikkel Nils Sara

    Chapter 23 – Development and Territorial Control

    Joe Bryan and Kiado Cruz

    Chapter 24 – Indigenous Peoples: Extraction and Extractivism

    John-Andrew McNeish

    Chapter 25 – Rights of Nature: Law as a Tool for Indigenous-led Development

    Craig Kaufmann

    Chapter 26 – Indigenous Peoples and International Institutions: Indigenous Peoples’ Diplomacies at the United Nations

    Tomohiro Harada

    Chapter 27 – Science, Technology and Indigenous Development

    Katharina Ruckstuhl and Dr. Maria Amoamo

    Part IV – Engaging with Capitalism

    Katharina Ruckstuhl, Editor

    Chapter 28 – Colonial Potosí: Setting the stage for global capitalist development

    Nancy Egan

    Chapter 29 – Mapuche’s disagreements with development: a critical perspective from local spaces

    Rosamel Millaman Reinao

    Chapter 30 – Ngā Whai Take: Reframing Indigenous Development

    Diane Ruwhiu, Maria Amoamo, Lynette Carter, Maria Bargh, Katharina Ruckstuhl, Anna Carr, and Shaun Awatere

    Chapter 31 – Chickasaw Spring: Economic Development and Resurgent Sovereignty: An Interview with Shannon Speed

    Shannon Speed

    Chapter 32 – Ser Camaleón: Indigenous Community-Based Tourism for Emancipatory Futures

    Matilde Córdoba Azcárate

    Chapter 33 – Indigenous Development: The Role of Indigenous Values and Traditions for Restoring Indigenous Food Sovereignty

    Mariaelena Huambachano

    Chapter 34 – External Facilitators, Tourism, and Indigenous Development: Insights from Bangladesh

    Md Ariful Hoque, Anna Carr, and Brent Lovelock

    Part V – Migration and City Life

    Nancy Postero, Editor

    Chapter 35 – Indigenous Mobilities

    M. Bianet Castellanos

    Chapter 36 – From Runas to Universal Travelers: The Case of the Kichwa Nationality-Otavalo Pueblo. A Liberating Experience of Development

    Luz María de la Torre

    Chapter 37 – Imazighen of France: Developing Indigeneity in Diaspora

    Jonathan Harris and Nacira Abrous

    Chapter 38 – Communal Labor and Sharing Systems

    De Ann Pendry

    Chapter 39 – Miskitu Migrants Facing the Pandemic Together in Panama

    Melesio Peter Espinoza

    Chapter 40 – Fighting and Surviving in Oaxacalifornia

    Odilia Romero

    Chapter 41 – Lessons from Cahokia: Indigeneity and the Future of the Settler City

    David T. Fortin

    Chapter 42 – Designing Decolonization? Architecture and Indigenous Development

    Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió

    Chapter 43 – Urban Futurities: Identity, Place and Property Development by Indigenous Communities in the City

    Alex Kitson, Janice Barry and Michelle Thompson-Fawcett

    Part VI – Looking to the Future

    Katharina Ruckstuhl, Editor

    Chapter 44 – Literatures in Indigenous Languages and Education as Development

    Gloria E. Chacón and Paulina Pineda

    Chapter 45 – Giving Form to Indigenous Futures Through Monumental Architecture, Art, and Technology

    Maurice Rafael Magaña and Xochitl M. Flores-Marcial

    Chapter 46 – Fourth World Filmic Interventions

    Reema Rajbanshi

    Chapter 47 – Indigenous Online

    Jennifer Carolina Gómez Menjívar

    Chapter 48 – Indigenous Youth in Intercultural Universities: New Sites of Knowledge Production and Leadership Training in Mexico and Latin America

    Laura Selene Mateos Cortés and Gunther Dietz

    Chapter 49 – Indigenous Data Futures: Empowering the Next One-Hundred Generations

    Keolu Fox and Shubhra Murarka

    Chapter 50 – Climate change and sustainable development in the Pacific: the case of Samoa

    Anita Latai Niusulu

    Part VII – Concluding Voices

    Chapter 51 – The Power of Our Present Futures

    India Logan-Riley

    Chapter 52 – In Cañamomo Lomaprieta, We Grow Life

    Hector Jaime Vinasco


    Katharina Ruckstuhl is a Māori (Ngāi Tahu and Rangitāne) Associate Professor at the Otago Business School, University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj is a Maya-K’iche’ Guatemalan journalist, social anthropologist, and international spokeswoman who has been at the forefront in struggles for respect for Indigenous cultures.  

    John-Andrew McNeish is Professor of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Oslo, Norway.

    Nancy Postero is a Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California San Diego in the United States.