Part of the series Key Concepts in Indigenous Studies, this book focuses on the concepts that recur in any discussion of nature, culture and society among the indigenous.

The book, the third in a five-volume series, deals with the two key concepts of indigeneity and nation of indigenous people from all the continents of the world. With contributions from renowned scholars, activists and experts across the globe, it looks at issues and ideas of indigeneity, nationhood, nationality, State, identity, selfhood, constitutionalism, and citizenship in Africa, North America, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Oceania, India, and Southeast Asia from philosophical, cultural, historical and literary points of view.

Bringing together academic insights and experiences from the ground, this unique book with its wide coverage will serve as a comprehensive guide for students, teachers and scholars of indigenous studies. It will be essential reading for those in social and cultural anthropology, tribal studies, sociology and social exclusion studies, politics, religion and theology, cultural studies, literary and postcolonial studies, Third World and Global South studies, as well as activists working with indigenous communities.

chapter |8 pages


ByG. N. Devy

chapter 1|15 pages

Indigeneity in Southern Africa

ByBrendon Nicholls

chapter 2|21 pages

Oceanic Identities

Trans/national formations in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands region
ByPaloma Fresno-Calleja

chapter 3|23 pages

Storied nationhood

Literature, constitutionalism, and citizenship in Indigenous North America
ByKatja Sarkowsky

chapter 4|17 pages

Finding nation

The nation and the state in F. Sionil Jose’s Mass and Edwin Thumboo’s A Third Map
ByLily Rose Tope

chapter 5|17 pages

Indigenous peoples and nation interface in India

ByVirginius Xaxa, Roluah Puia

chapter 6|21 pages

African indigeneity

The Southern African challenge
ByYvette Hutchison

chapter 7|34 pages

Two poets of the Pacific

Hone Tuwhare and Haunani-Kay Trask
ByRobert Sullivan