Thu, Feb 18 at 8 p.m. | 75 minutes
Olios: Drop-in classes led by professors
While some may suggest that “everyone is indigenous to some place,” as if people are flora or fauna, this common universalizing, whether intentional or not, can end up erasing the political history of specific Indigenous struggles over land claims. Moreover, it cannot account for the wide range of relations to region and nation of the more than 476 million indigenous people who are spread across 90 countries worldwide.
This Olio will focus on select historical moments, geographical sites, and case studies to explore the complexities of life for indigenous peoples in the Pacific Islands and North America subject to the authority of the United States. Related themes to be presented include an examination of Indigenous peoples' varied political status in relation to questions of sovereignty and self-determination, structures of settler colonialism and resistance, and diverse forms of indigenous agency.
Topics include: the recognition and assertion of collective rights, treaty and land rights, self-governance under U.S. federal and international law, decolonization, and the land back movement sweeping across the country.
What are current examples of settler colonial domination affecting Indigenous peoples today? How can non-Indigenous people stand in solidarity with Native Americans and Native Pacific Islanders? How can we enact forms of decolonization outside of the legal realm and in relation to land resurgence movements?
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"Making Abolitionist Worlds is a rich and compelling mixed-genre collection of radical perspectives that makes an urgent contribution to abolitionist world-making. Inspiring and incisive, these political interventions advance collective and transformative revolutionary praxis—what we need, now more than ever. On fire, indeed!"
—J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, author of Hawaiian Blood and Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty and editor of Speaking of Indigenous Politics
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui (Kanaka Maoli) is a Professor at Wesleyan University, where she teaches on indigenous studies, critical race studies, settler colonial studies, and anarchist studies. She is the editor of "Speaking of Indigenous Politics," serves as a co-producer for “Anarchy on Air” on WESU 88.1FM, Middletown, CT, and is a co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.
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