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1st Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Indigenous Resilience

Edited By

Hilary N. Weaver

ISBN 9780367499853
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
422 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.



Table of Contents

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

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

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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.