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Indigenous Identity and Resistance
Researching the Diversity of Knowledge

Edited by Brendan Hokowhitu, Nathalie Kermoal, Chris Andersen, Anna Petersen, Michael Reilly, Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez and Poia Rewi

Key Points

• A broad and multidisciplinary book representing the new directions scholarship in Indigenous Studies is taking today
• Global contributors investigate issues such as governance and juridical systems, language and identity  

The Book

Indigenous Identity and Resistance brings together the work of Indigenous Studies scholars working in Canada, New Zealand and the Pacific in research conversations that transcend the imperial boundaries of the colonial nations in which they are located. Their lucid, accessible, and thought-provoking essays provide a critical understanding of the ways in which Indigenous peoples are rearticulating their histories, knowledges, and the Indigenous self.

Hana O’Regan discusses a programme of language regeneration initiated by members of her iwi, Kai Tahu. Chris Andersen describes the power of Canada’s colonial nation-state in constructing categories of indigeneity. Brendan Hokowhitu problematises the common discourses underpinning Indigenous resistance. Janine Hayward compares Indigenous political representation in Canada and New Zealand. This is just a snapshot of the forward-looking research in this reader. Taken together, it heralds some new ways of thinking about Indigenous Studies in the 21st Century.


Intro: Indigenous Studies: Research, Identity, Resistance Brendan Hokowhitu 1 Mixed Ancestry or Metis? Chris Andersen / 2 'My Poetry is a Fire' Alice Te Punga Somerville / 3 Culture: Compromise or Perish! Poia Rewi / 4 Piko ka-sohki-nitohtaman ka-nisitohtaman nehiyawewin You Must Listen Very Hard to Understand the Cree Language Naomi McIlwraith / 5 Resisting Language Death – A Personal Exploration Hana O'Regan / 6 Towards a Model for Indigenous Research Jim Williams / 7 Rediscovering the Hidden Heritage from Ancient Mangaia Michael P.J. Reilly / 8 Indigenous Political Representation and Comparative Research Janine Hayward / 9 Urban Indigenous Governance Practices Shalene Jobin Vandervelde / 10 The Nationalist Gaze of an Aboriginal Artist Nathalie Kermoal / 11 The Fiction of Post-Colonial Pacific Writers Sina Vaai / 12 Neoliberalism, Racialised Gender and Indigeneity Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez / 13 A Genealogy of Indigenous Resistance Brendan Hokowhitu


Brendan Hokowhitu and Poia Rewi are Associate Professors and Michael Reilly is Professor at Te Tumu School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, University of Otago. Anna Petersen is Senior Assistant Curator at the Hocken Library, University of Otago. Nathalie Kermoal, Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez and Chris Andersen are Associate Professors, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Canada.

Indigenous Studies
paperback, 155 x 235 mm, 264 pp, b/w photographs
ISBN 978 1 877372 83 4, $49.95
In-store: 6 July 2010