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Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy

Insights for a Global Age

The passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007 focused attention on the ways in which Indigenous peoples are adapting to the pressures of globalization and development. This volume extends the discussion by presenting case studies from around the world that explore how Indigenous peoples are engaging with and challenging globalization and Western views of autonomy. Taken together, these insightful studies reveal that concepts such as globalization and autonomy neither encapsulate nor explain Indigenous peoples’ experiences.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Introduction

1 Reconfiguring the Web of Life: Indigenous Peoples, Relationality, and Globalization / Mario Blaser, Ravi de Costa, Deborah McGregor, and William D. Coleman

2 Ayllu: Decolonial Critical Thinking and (An)other Autonomy / Marcelo Fernández Osco

Part 2: Emergences

3 Neoliberal Governance and James Bay Cree Governance: Negotiated Agreements, Oppositional Struggles, and Co-Governance / Harvey A. Feit

4 Global Linguistics, Mayan Languages, and the Cultivation of Autonomy / Erich Fox Tree

5 Global Activism and Changing Identities: Interconnecting the Global and the Local – The Grand Council of the Crees and the Saami Council / Kristina Maud Bergeron

6 Indigenous Perspectives on Globalization: Self-Determination through Autonomous Media Creation / Rebeka Tabobondung

7 Reconfiguring Mare Nullius: Torres Strait Islanders, Indigenous Sea Rights, and the Divergence of Domestic and International Norms / Colin Scott and Monica Mulrennan

Part 3: Absences

8 Making Alternatives Visible: The Meaning of Autonomy for the Mapuche of Cholchol (Ngulumapu, Chile) / Pablo Marimán Quemenado

9 Twentieth-Century Transformations of East Cree Spirituality and Autonomy / Richard J. “Dick” Preston

Part 4: Hope

10 The International Order of Hope: Zapatismo and the Fourth World War / Alex Khasnabish

Afterword / Ravi de Costa

Works Cited



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