Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing
Publication Year: 2013
Michelle M. Jacob employs ethnographic case studies to demonstrate the tension between reclaiming traditional cultural practices and adapting to change. Through interviewees’ narratives, she carefully tacks back and forth between the atrocities of colonization and the remarkable actions of individuals committed to sustaining Yakama heritage. Focusing on three domains of Indigenous revitalization—dance, language, and foods—Jacob carefully elucidates the philosophy underlying and unifying each domain while also illustrating the importance of these practices for Indigenous self-determination, healing, and survival.
In the impassioned voice of a member of the Yakama Nation, Jacob presents a volume that is at once intimate and specific to her home community and that also advances theories of Indigenous decolonization, feminism, and cultural revitalization. Jacob’s theoretical and methodological contributions make this work valuable to a range of students, academics, tribal community members, and professionals, and an essential read for anyone interested in the ways that grassroots activism can transform individual lives, communities, and society.
Published by: University of Arizona Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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Many people provided encouragement, insight, and assistance to make this book possible. I am inspired by my family, who never hesitate to be generous or thoughtful. Loving thanks to Dad, Mom, Uncle Jim, Roger, Gina, Garret, Hunter, Faith, Justin, Alicia, Quintic, Hazen, Blaise, and Sealy. I am blessed with in-laws who are exceptionally kind and consider-...
Introduction: Embodying Contradictions and Resisting Settler-Colonial Violence
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...“There! Look,” the grandmother said, nodding her head in the direction The woman follows the grandmother’s gaze and smiles immediately. The children are dancing! On the stage are girls and boys dressed in their traditional regalia. They are so beautiful in their colorful outfits. She sees their advisor in the corner of the stage, announcing the next dance that ...
1. Teach Them in a Good Way: Critical Pedagogy of the Wapato Indian Club
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The schoolchildren smile, giggle, and chat excitedly, filling the concrete locker rooms with a loud, happy murmur. They open their suitcases and begin dressing in their regalia, most students careful not to muss their hair, which family members or friends had carefully braided earlier in the day, before school or during the lunch period. One girl is not so careful, ...
2. I Don’t Want Our Language to Die: Indigenous Language Revitalization, Survivance, and the Stakes of Building a Moral Community
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We sit around a table at the university cafeteria, enjoying our lunch to-gether. Then, all of a sudden, the elder announces that she would like to have dancers at the honor dinner tomorrow night. Word quickly spreads across the lunchroom. Soon a practice session is organized, and several women have committed to dancing. The elder is pleased and agrees to ...
3. Think of the Seven Generations: Xwayamamí Ishích
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It is a beautiful late-summer day with clear blue skies and warm, bright sunshine. The sun’s rays are so warm and comfortable, it seems almost as if the sun is smiling down upon us. Today we will learn how to care for food as a gift from the Creator, and in doing so, we will understand how much we depend on the sun (áan) and the wind (hulí). These are the les-...
4. Take Care of Your Past: Building a Theory of Yakama Decolonizing Praxis
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The children stand still and quiet; they halt their usual squirming and chatter, demonstrating their focused discipline of stillness, attentiveness, and patience. They know what is expected of them, a result of the many hours of instruction they have received from elders and adults. The chil-dren’s faces become serious as they wait to hear the elder’s voice. After a ...
5. The Renaissance Is Now: Next Steps for Healing and Social Change
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This book has focused on cultural revitalization efforts particular to the Yakama Reservation community. However, lessons learned through these case studies can be helpful for other peoples who are interested in devel-oping indigenous-centered educational models that bring about healing social change. As stated in the Introduction, all peoples who live, work, ...
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About the Author
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Michelle M. Jacob (Yakama) is an associate professor of ethnic studies and affiliated faculty in sociology at the University of San Diego, where she teaches courses in American Indian studies and comparative ethnic stud-ies. She also serves as the director of the Center for Native Health & Cul-ture at Heritage University on the Yakama Reservation. Her work has been ...
Page Count: 144
Illustrations: 6 photos, 4 illustrations
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: First Peoples: New Directions in Indigen