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Wasáse: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom

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The word Wasáse is the Kanienkeha (Mohawk) word for the ancient war dance ceremony of unity, strength, and commitment to action. The author notes, "This book traces the journey of those Indigenous people who have found a way to transcend the colonial identities which are the legacy of our history and live as Onkwehonwe, original people. It is dialogue and reflection on the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by University of Toronto Press
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Starleigh
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The highlight of this book is without a doubt the interviews. Taiaiake's choice to highlight the voices of community centered leaders was exactly what we needed. If you are a young Indigenous academic trying to figure out your path in life in terms of how to best use your talents towards decolonization, and looking for voices of leadership and experience about possible ways forward, than this is the book for you.
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Wasáse, Taiaiake Alfred tackles the enormous subject of active decolonization, drawing on indigenous movements for autonomy throughout history and in various spaces. He approaches decolonization by analyzing the violence of colonial states (the United States, Canada, British and Spanish colonies abroad) and different approaches toward creating indigenous autonomy, and the many voices he brings into the book are very valuable. Alfred spends a large portion of the book discussing resurgence, bo ...more
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Dec 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
I did not like the concepts of this book. I have read other books by him but was very dissapointed by this one. I actually know him and was suppose to go to his Indigenous Law program, but after reading this I choose to study abroad.
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Gerald Taiaiake Alfred is a Full Professor in IGOV and in the Department of Political Science. He specializes in studies of traditional governance, the restoration of land-based cultural practices, and decolonization strategies. He is a prominent Indigenous intellectual and advisor to many First Nation governments and organizations. He has been awarded a Canada Research Chair, a National Aborigina ...more
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“A warrior confronts colonialism with the truth in order to regenerate authenticity and recreate a life worth living and principles worth dying for. The struggle is to restore connections severed by the colonial machine. The victory is an integrated personality, a cohesive community, and the restoration of respectful and harmonious relationships.” 1 likes
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