The Origins of the International Movement of Indigenous Peoples

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:
The Origins of the International Movement of Indigenous Peoples

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The main objective of this chapter is to illustrate the way indigenous sovereignty was responded to differently by the international organizations of states at the beginning and at the end of the twentieth century. This contrast of the two responses includes discussion not only of what motivated indigenous activism in the League of Nations and later the United Nations but also of how these forums have responded differently to indigenous appeals for recognition of their sovereignty, control of their territory, and preservation of their cultural distinctiveness. The change in responses to indigenism over the twentieth century and a summary of the global changes that have produced it highlight the recent emergence of new forms and exercises of indigenous internationalism.

Keywords: League of Nations; indigenous activism; cultural distinctiveness; indigenous sovereignty; indigenous internationalism

Chapter.  8556 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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