Indigenous Peoples of the World: An Introduction to Their Past, Present, and Future
The Gitskan People of British Columbia, the Chukchi People of Russia, the Quechua People of South America, the Bantu People of Africa and the Penan People of Southeast Asia are some of the 270,000,000 Indigenous People who populate the world. Brian Goehring describes who the Indigenous People are and where they live. He chronicles how European values and capitalism - exported through the massive outflow of daring, initiative and ingenuity that accompanied the Age of Discovery - came to dominate the world and have an effect upon all Indigenous Peoples far beyond any other threats they experienced prior to contact. They have faced disease, loss of land, marginalization and assault on their values and beliefs. The book ends on a positive note showing how Indigenous societies have survived and are becoming stronger. Throughout the world Indigenous People are re-establishing themselves, clearly and articulately setting out their minimum goals - a secure land base, self-determination and a culturally relevant economy which will allow them to incorporate a traditional resource development. This book puts the struggles of Indigenous Peoples everywhere into a global context.
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