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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division; First Edition edition (Aug. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551116375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551116372
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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"Taiaiake Alfred does not shy away from the really hard issues of war and peace in a genuinely innovative text embedded in many tens of thousands of years of human history." - Anthony J. Hall, University of Lethbridge

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With each of his books, Taiaiake Alfred challenges us to confront the future with new ways of thinking about where we as indigenous communities have been, where we are now and what thinking tools and warrior tools we need to move forward as indigenous nations. This is a book that needs to be read by indigenous leaders, activists, politicians, scholars, community workers, artists, teachers—in fact anyone who sees their future as an indigenous person in an indigenous world.

(Linda Smith, University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Taiaiake Alfred's way is the warrior's way, which is to say that he speaks truly dangerous words about Canadian colonialism, the need for substantive restitution rather than mere recognition of 'Aboriginal rights,' for autonomy rather than dependent forms of 'self-government,' and for peaceful coexistence between and among indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. In this book he rejects Aboriginalism as a legalistic, integrating ideology that destroys individuals and communities, and argues instead for an anarcho-indigenist perspective that is non-capitalist, non-statist, pro-feminist, and based on a sustainable relation to nature.

(Richard Day, Queen's University)

This eminent scholar of North American indigenism boldly proposes new strategies for the new warriors of cultural and spiritual resurgence. Taiaiake Alfred does not shy away from the really hard issues of war and peace in a genuinely innovative text embedded in many tens of thousands of years of human history on Turtle Island and in more than five centuries of concerted resistance to the ongoing violence of the Columbian conquests.

(Anthony J. Hall, Founding Coordinator of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge and author of The American Empire and the Fourth World)

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I loved this book. I have been trying to decolonize myself for the last couple of years, but I have struggled without a real sense of how to go about it. This book is filled with solid suggestions on how to decolonize ourselves that are realistic and contemporary. The main qualities of a warrior are courage and integrity, and Taiaiake shows us, through solid suggestions and examples from the people he interviews, how to go about this decolonizing process. He asserts that the most important thing we can do is be contentious in our everyday lived existence in order to stand up against colonialism. This may include saying things that are blunt and do not protect the feelings of those who are racist or merely trapped in their "Western" colonized thinking. We must have the courage stand up, not just against the "system", but to each individual who holds white, arrogant, colonial attitudes. We must also examine ourselves to remove our own internalized Western values and replace those with Indigenous values, for example: spirituality, community, nonmaterialist, ecoconscious, not self-centered.
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I love they way this book is written. It has "spark" and tenacity and that's what more people need in their life - something to be dedicated to and something to belive in!!!
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Overall, I liked the book. It is informative and obviously written with passion. However, I found it hard to take at times, particularly when Alfred falls into rant-like diction that tends to pimple with thinly veiled threats. It is written to illicit reader response (action) and it does this well.
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