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Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom

Taiaiake Alfred
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 313
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    Book Description:

    This book traces the journey of those Indigenous people who have found a way to transcend the colonial identities which are the legacy of their history and live as Onkwehonwe, original people.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-0218-2
    Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-6)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 7-8)
  3. foreword
    (pp. 9-12)
    Leroy Little Bear

    As a Native American who has been involved in the academy for many years attempting to educate from a Native American perspective, I take this opportunity to write a foreword for this challenging and thought-provoking book as a blessing and a chance to add thoughts from previous writings that pass on culture, philosophy, and revitalization.

    Prior to the arrival of Europeans on the North American continent, Native Americans were organized into nations with group life-ways that resulted in philosophies, customs, values, beliefs, and governance systems arising from Native American paradigms. These paradigms consist of and include ideas that there is...

  4. acknowledgements
    (pp. 13-18)
  5. first words
    (pp. 19-38)

    It is time for our people to live again. This book is a journey on the path made for us by those who have found a way to live asOnkwehonwe, original people. The journey is a living commitment to meaningful change in our lives and to transforming society by recreating our existences, regenerating our cultures, and surging against the forces that keep us bound to our colonial past. It is the path of struggle laid out by those who have come before us; now it is our turn, we who choose to turn away from the legacies of colonialism...

  6. rebellion of the truth
    (pp. 39-100)

    Onkwehonwe existences in all their diverse expressions and experiences are rooted in the recognition and respect of sensitivity to one’s place in creation and awareness of one’s place in a circle of integrity. Our goal, regenerating authentic Onkwehonwe lives, means finding ways to restore the connections that define indigenous consciousness and ways of being; it means individuals and communities seeking the re-achievement of the elements of integrity: strength, clarity, and commitment. There are many pathways to the achievement. The freedom and power that come with understanding and living a life of indigenous integrity are experienced by people in many different...

  7. colonial stains on our existence
    (pp. 101-178)

    A surge of strength, when it is disconnected from the other elements of the circle of integrity, is nothing more than an act of defiance: proud, bold, and possibly a signal of the stirring of a new movement. But without clarity on the full meaning and depth of our situation, understanding the landscape of our colonial existence and achieving a clear-eyed and sober vision of our goals, all of the rage and acting out against our adversaries will be for nothing. Our energies, unchannelled or misdirected, will fall short of an effective challenge to the status quo. Worse still, the...

  8. indigenous resurgence
    (pp. 179-286)

    We have considered strength and clarity, two of the elements needed both for the regeneration of ourselves as individuals and of our peoples collectively and for the resurrection of a truly indigenous and effective movement for justice. Now we turn to the other essential part of the overall picture: commitment. What is this quality? Internal strength, perseverance, tenacity, and indomitable will are all traits that characterize people and groups who have been successful in transforming themselves, their environments, and their adversaries. These traits reflect an unbreakable commitment to the struggle for truth that is the backbone of any movement for...

  9. glossary
    (pp. 287-288)
  10. bibliography
    (pp. 289-296)
  11. index
    (pp. 297-313)