A New Global Phenomenon?

Ronald Niezen

in The Origins of Indigenism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520235540
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936690 | DOI:
A New Global Phenomenon?

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This chapter presents the case that indigenism is a significantly distinct global phenomenon, which should not to be confused with ethnonationalism or a civil rights form of struggle for equality. It considers fragment or analytical sample of the history that involves the elaboration of “indigenous peoples” as an international legal concept and the participation of these peoples in the U.N. system. This particular case begins with an abortive appeal by a Six Nations representative to the League of Nations that serves to highlight the changes in the international community's approach to the rights of indigenous peoples that have taken place in the post-World War II human rights era. This chapter highlights a form of mass killing that is occasionally experienced by some peoples that have recently identified themselves as “indigenous.” It also provides some research to examine some of the common experiences of indigenous peoples, arrived at from within greatly disparate cultural and political histories.

Keywords: indigenism; indigenous peoples; mass killing of indigenous people; experiences of indigenous peoples

Chapter.  9920 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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