A century ago, the idea of indigenous people as an active force in the contemporary world was unthinkable. It was assumed that native societies everywhere would be swept away by the forward march of the West and its own peculiar brand of progress and civilization. Nothing could be further from the truth. Indigenous social movements wield new power, and groups as diverse as Australian Aborigines, Ecuadorian Quichuas, and New Zealand Maoris, have found their own distinctive and assertive ways of living in the present world. Indigenous Experience Today draws together essays by prominent scholars in anthropology and other fields examining the varied face of indigenous politics in Bolivia, Botswana, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, and the United States, amongst others. The book challenges accepted notions of indigeneity as it examines the transnational dynamics of contemporary native culture and politics around the world.
Orin Starn is Sally Dalton Robinson Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, USA. Marisol de la Cadena is Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Davis.
* Introduction Marisol de la Cadena and Orin Starn Part 1: Indigenous Identities, Old and New * 1 Indigenous Voice Anna Tsing * 2 Tibetan Indigeneity: Translations, Resemblances, and Uptake Emily T. Yeh * 3 "Our Struggle Has Just Begun": Experiences of Belonging and Mapuche Formations of Self Claudia Briones Part 2: Territory and Questions of Sovereignty * 4 Indigeneity as Relational Identity: The Construction of Australian Land Rights Francesca Merlan * 5 Choctaw Tribal Sovereignty at the Turn of the 21st Century Valerie Lambert * 6 Sovereignty's Betrayals Michael F. Brown Part 3: Indigeneity Beyond Borders * 7 Varieties of Indigenous Experience: Diasporas, Homelands, Sovereignties James Clifford * 8 Diasporic Media and Hmong/Miao Formulations of Nativeness and Displacement Louisa Schein * 9 Bolivian Indigeneity in Japan: Folklorized Music Performance Michelle Bigenho Part 4: The Boundary Politics of Indigeneity * 10 Indian Indigeneities: Adivasi Engagements with Hindu Nationalism in India Amita Baviskar * 11 "Ever-Diminishing Circles": The Paradoxes of Belonging in Botswana Francis B. Nyamnjoh * 12 The Native and the Neoliberal Down Under: Neoliberalism and "Endangered Authenticities" Linda Tuhiwai Smith Part 5: Indigenous Self-Representation, Non-Indigenous Collaborators and the Politics of Knowledge * 13 Melting Glaciers and Emerging Histories in the Saint Elias Mountains Julie Cruikshank * 14 The Terrible Nearness of Distant Places: Making History at the National Museum of the American Indian Paul Chaat Smith * 15 Afterword: Indigeneity Today Mary Louise Pratt Index
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