, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 223-234
Date: 10 Dec 2009

Development, heroism and the indigenous life project

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In the Way of Development: Indigenous People, Life Projects and Globalisation

By Mario Blaser, Harvey A. Feit, & Glenn McRae (London and New York: Zed Books, 2004, pp. vii–ix, 1–353, index, acknowledgments).

Up from the Mission

By Noel Pearson (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2009, pp. x–xvi, 1–400, bibliography, index).

In the American 1990s animation, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (Turner and Pyle 1990), the superhero Captain Planet does not exist on his own but has to be summonsed. The key message, reinforced at every turn, is that only by working together across cultural divides and for a unified purpose can people protect the planet and provide solutions to environmental problems. The spirit of the planet, Gaia, no longer able to passively tolerate earth’s destruction, has given extraordinary powers in the form of five special rings to five young people from five major continents. From Africa, ‘Kwame’ has the power of earth; from North America, ‘Wheeler’ has the power of fire; ‘Linka’ fro ...