1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Indigenous Resilience

Edited By Hilary N. Weaver Copyright 2022
    422 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    422 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This handbook provides a comprehensive and cutting-edge strengths-based resource on the subject of Indigenous resilience.

    Indigenous Peoples demonstrate considerable resilience despite the social, health, economic, and political disparities they experience within surrounding settler societies. This book considers Indigenous resilience in many forms: cultural, spiritual, and governance traditions remain in some communities and are being revitalized in others to reclaim aspects of their cultures that have been outlawed, suppressed, or undermined. It explores how Indigenous people advocate for social justice and work to shape settler societies in ways that create a more just, fair, and equitable world for all human and non-human beings. This book is divided into five sections:

    • From the past to the future
    • Pillars of Indigeneity
    • The power in Indigenous identities
    • The natural world
    • Reframing the narrative: from problem to opportunity

    Comprised of 25 newly commissioned chapters from Indigenous scholars, professionals, and community members from traditions around the world, this book will be a useful tool for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of manifestations of wellness and resilience.

    This handbook will be of particular interest to all scholars, students, and practitioners of social work, social care, and human services more broadly, as well as those working in sociology, development studies, and environmental sustainability.



    Hilary N. Weaver

    Part 1: From the past to the future

    1. Ireland, first colony of the British Empire: A Celtic story of Indigenous resistance, resilience, and cultural renewal
    Suzanne Jenkins

    2. Resistance, resilience, and social welfare: Understanding the historical intersections of US federal Indian policies and the helping professions
    Heather R. Gough and Cutcha Risling Baldy

    3. Indigeneity and resilience in Afroindigenous communities in Colombia
    Stephen Nathan Haymes

    4. The Eagle, the Condor, and who I am among all my relations
    Angela R. Fernandez

    Part 2: Pillars of Indigeneity

    5. Indigenous Māori notions of spirit and spirituality as enablers of resilience and flourishing in Aotearoa New Zealand
    Natasha Tassell-Matamua, Nicole Lindsay, Te Rā Moriarty, and Deanna Haami

    6. RI QACH’AB’ÄL JA RI RUK’UX RI QAWINAQ, CHAQA’ RI QAWINAQ JA RI RUK’UX RI QACH’AB’ÄL: Linguistic resilience in Guatemala
    Ingrid Sub Cuc

    7. Exploring the role of sexuality and identity across the Pacific: Navigating traditional and contemporary meanings and practices
    Jioji Ravulo

    8. Pashtun community Indigenous resilience to changing socio-cultural and political challenges
    Zafar Khan and Zahid Ali Shah

    9. Moko Kauae: A symbol of Indigenous resistance and resilience
    Kelli Te Maihāroa

    10. Reclaiming our voices: The power of storytelling in healing trauma
    Hilary N. Weaver

    Part 3: The Power in Indigenous Identities

    11. Family connectedness: An intricate web of support and aspect of Indigenous family resilience
    Catherine E. McKinley and Jenn Lilly

    12. Community and family support enhancing the resilience of US Indigenous women’s healthcare experiences: "they always took care of me"
    Jessica L. Liddell and Catherine E. McKinley

    13. Collective distress calls for collective wellbeing measures: The case of social support as resilience-enabling Afrocentric Indigenous pathway
    Liesel Ebersöhn, Margaret Funke Omidire, and Motlalepule Ruth Mampane

    14. The role of laughter in the resilience and wellbeing of Alaska Native Elders
    Jordan P. Lewis

    15. "In the telling and in the listening, humanity meets": Youth testimonials of resilience from yesterday and today
    Kishan Lara-Cooper, Everett Colegrove III, Tescha Gensaw, Charlene Juan, and Gabel Ammon

    16. The time before us: Land, matriarchy, and leadership in the face of change
    Kapi`olani A. Laronal

    Part 4: The Natural World

    17. Sámi reindeer herding as resilient way of life
    Jan Erik Henriksen and Ida Hydle

    18. Reconnecting with the farmland: Exploring Indigenous resilience of Atayal people in Taiwan
    Chao-Kai Huang

    19. Earthquakes of Nepal: Making the case for Indigenous resilience
    Bala Raju Nikku, Bishwash Nepali, and Hemnath Khatiwada

    20. Kū Kiaʻi aloha: How Maunakea and the battle to protect her birthed a decolonial pilina in an emerging generation of aloha ʻāina
    Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

    21. Leading through collective resilience: Creating an Indigenous mental health response to climate change
    Kee J.E. Straits, Julii M. Green, Devon S. Isaacs, Melissa Tehee, and Margaret Smith

    Part 5: Reframing the Narrative: From Problem to Opportunity

    22. Reframing disabilities: Indigenous learners in Canadian educational systems.
    John Terry Ward

    23. Igniting the Warrior Spirit to address historical trauma among Indigenous people
    Tasha Seneca Keyes and Kenneth G. White, Jr.

    24. The resiliency of Indigenous entrepreneurial settings in the South Pacific: Notions of solesolevaki and wanbel in the case of Fiji and Papua New Guinea
    Hennah Steven and Suliasi Vunibola

    25. Indy and the Monster: A story of Indigenous resilience during a global pandemic
    Hilary N. Weaver

    Hilary N. Weaver


    Hilary N. Weaver (Lakota) is a professor and associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, USA. She serves as president of the Indigenous and Tribal Social Work Educators’ Association, chair-elect of the Council on Social Work Education board of directors, and Global Indigenous Commissioner for the International Federation of Social Workers.