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Scott Lyons

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666768

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666768.001.0001

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Nations and Nationalism since 1492

Nations and Nationalism since 1492

(p.111) Chapter Three Nations and Nationalism since 1492

Scott Richard Lyons

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the idea of an Indian nation as well as the nationalism that always produces that idea. It first considers new theories of decolonization and new nationalisms that address both nationality and nationhood, and how indigenous intellectuals and activists are using the language of nationalism in an age of indigenism. In order to elucidate the concept of indigenous nations and the nationalisms that produce them, the chapter discusses the meaning of nationalism, and how it applies to indigenous peoples; the historical, epistemological, and moral foundations of nationalism; and what nationalists do and why. It also looks at the work of one Native nationalist, Taiaiake Alfred, and compares his nationalism to “literary nationalism.” Finally, it analyzes those “new societies,” asking how Native nationalisms might (or might not) contribute to a dream as visionary as that, and offers an answer to the “nationalism question”.

Keywords:   nationalism, Indian nation, decolonization, nationality, nationhood, indigenous nations, indigenous peoples, Taiaiake Alfred, literary nationalism, new societies

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