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For Indigenous Eyes Only

A Decolonization Handbook

Edited by Waziyatawin Angela Wilson and Michael Yellow Bird

For Indigenous Eyes Only2005. 224 pp., 4 figures, activities, suggested readings, index, 8 x 102005. 224 pp., 4 figures, activities, suggested readings, index, 8 x 10

Recognizing an urgent need for Indigenous liberation strategies, Indigenous intellectuals met to create a book with hands-on suggestions and activities to enable Indigenous communities to decolonize themselves. The authors begin with the belief that Indigenous Peoples have the power, strength, and intelligence to develop culturally specific decolonization strategies for their own communities and thereby systematically pursue their own liberation. These scholars and writers demystify the language of colonization and decolonization to help Indigenous communities identify useful concepts, terms, and intellectual frameworks in their struggles toward liberation and self-determination. This handbook covers a wide range of topics, including Indigenous governance, education, language, oral tradition, repatriation, images and stereotypes, and truth-telling. It aims to facilitate critical thinking while offering recommendations for fostering community discussions and plans for meaningful community action.

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  • 2007 New Mexico Book Award

Contributors: T’hohahoken Michael Doxtater, Suzan Shown Harjo, Chi’XapKaid Michael Pavel, Cornel Pewewardy, Robert Odawi Porter, James Riding In, Waziyatawin Angela Wilson, Michael Yellow Bird

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  • “For Indigenous Eyes Only ... is an exciting and useful new text aimed at inspiring and facilitating Native American community activism. With clearly written chapters covering topics ranging from dismantling Native American sports mascots to creating tribal think tanks, the book provides a comprehensive toolbox for postcolonial resistance. The book's intention of encouraging activism, its coverage, and its use of postcolonial theory for Native American studies make it an important addition to contemporary scholarship.... I admire the authors' ambitious goals and would recommend this book for any reader interested in Native American activism or indigenous resistance writ large.”
    Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, North Dakota Quarterly, Vol. 74, no. 2 (Spring 2007)
  • “Buy this book in quantity; share it; give it away; and use it to change the world… The greatness lies in the authors’ willingness to tackle the tough issues of today… The book represents the best in scholarship: a compassion for the people and the hope that education can serve the people through liberation.”
    Michael W. Simpson, Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education Vol. 19, no. 2 (Winter 2007)

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