ERIC Number: ED463100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
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Indigenous Studies as an International Field.
This paper proposes the development of Indigenous Studies as an international field, both in the sense of advancing the discipline internationally, wherever there are Indigenous peoples, and in the sense of incorporating international perspectives into curricula. In Canada, Indigenous Studies has been and is still treated as something to be done by "experts" for others. Indigenous Studies does not exist in its own right as an autonomous discipline, has no serious academic recognition, and depends upon the paradigms and methodologies of non-Indigenous academia. A correctly conceived and correctly implemented Indigenous Studies program would address the "unfinished business of decolonization" and would produce both Native and non-Native graduates that understand Indigenous worldviews. The interdisciplinary approach to Indigenous Studies can be construed as a way of expanding universal knowledge while keep the subjects being studied marginalized from the "real" disciplines such as history and sociology. On the other hand, should Indigenous Studies become a discipline in its own right, an obvious area of focus should be the international field. An international Indigenous Studies would acknowledge the significance of Indigenous knowledge and establish international discussion on ethical issues related to land rights, natural resources extraction, and political recognition. Sections of the new Venezuelan National Constitution that give sweeping recognition to Indigenous rights are presented. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indian Studies, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Populations, Interdisciplinary Approach, Role of Education, Self Determination
For full text: http://www.ualberta.ca/~nativest/CINSA/CDfiles/papers/PinoRbls.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada