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The No-Nonsense Guide to Indigenous Peoples

The No-Nonsense Guide to Indigenous Peoples    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 1-896357-76-8
Pages 144
Language English only
Price $16.00
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Written by Lotte Hughes.
Published in Canada in association with New Internationalist™ Publications Ltd. by Between the Lines, 2003.


Who are indigenous peoples and where do they live around the world? What is the difference between indigenous peoples, tribal peoples, and minorities? Why are the United Nations and the World Bank interested in these definitions? Lotte Hughes provides a broad overview, with many representative examples from different cultures, quoting indigenous people directly where possible. Examples include the Barabaig of Tanzania; the Yanomami of Brazil; the Ogiek of Kenya; the Kurds of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria; the Karamojong of Uganda; peoples in Canada, Brazil, Chile, S.E. Asia, and many others.

Indigenous peoples have long suffered from exoticization. Outsiders find their beauty, remoteness or "difference" fascinating and do not see beyond this to the real problems they face. The No-Nonsense Guide to Indigenous Peoples looks beyond the exotic images, tracing the story of different indigenous peoples from their first (and often fatal) contact with explorers and colonizers, to the present day.

Much of this story is told by indigenous people themselves. They vividly describe why land and the natural world are so special to them; how it feels to be snatched from your family as a child because the government wants to "make you white"; why they are demanding that museums must return the bones of their ancestors; how they can retain their traditional culture while moving with the times; and what kinds of development are positive.

Lotte Hughes' book will provoke thought and debate.

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