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Nationalisms and Identities among Indigenous Peoples

Case Studies from North America


Edited By Martina Neuburger and H. Peter Dörrenbächer

This book investigates nationalisms and the emergence of national identities among the Indigenous peoples across North America. It examines the many difficulties which the Native communities have had to face in order to assert themselves as nations, as well as looking at the ambiguity of the term 'nation' within First Nations-government relations. The volume gives a broad perspective on the historical development of Native American nationalism and also explores a variety of political, educational, sociological, cultural and even literary viewpoints. The experiences of the Indigenous peoples are compared with the experiences of other Aboriginal groups across the globe, in order to enrich our understanding of global indigenous nationalisms.
The contributors to this volume represent the perspectives of a variety of different First Nations and a wide range of disciplinary fields, from history, anthropology and political science to communications, law, linguistics and literary studies.
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War and Peace: Issues of Leadership in American Indian Communities


Leadership in Indian Country

This chapter explores leadership in the context of nationalism within tribal communities (Grint and Warner 2007). Native ways of knowing provides an alternative for reflection on the study of leadership and in this chapter, we frame the discussion of leadership in the context of war and peace. American Indian oral traditions rely heavily on warrior stories and evidence of leadership in both war and peace create a rich palette to discuss the political and social implications of the duality of honour in contemporary American Indian affairs. As we built on earlier work, we began to consider the questions of leadership in American Indian communities and the value these communities placed on participation in activities of war and peace. Wilson (2010: ix) explored the ‘rewriting’ of a national narrative for American Indians. As Wilson (ibid.) noted, ‘[t]he question, then, is not whether the idea of a nation is useful’ for American Indians. Nationalism, he believed, was linked to three intersecting concepts:

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