, Volume 77, Issue 6, pp 727–731 | Cite as

Geography for and with indigenous peoples: indigenous geographies as challenge and invitation

  • Klaus FrantzEmail author
  • Richard Howitt


In mid-2006, the International Geographical Union established its Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledges and Rights Commission (IPKRC). Inaugurated at the IGU Regional Conference in Brisbane, Australia, the IPKRC represents an effort by the IGU to engage with the Indigenous issues and the relationships between the discipline and the rights, knowledge and interests of Indigenous peoples in the twenty-first Century. In late-October 2007, the IPKRC met jointly with the IGU Commission on Islands at the National Taiwan University in Taipei. That conference brought together more than 60 participants and included 52 formal presentations and papers. This special issue of GeoJournal celebrates that meeting by publishing some of the very best papers from that conference and demonstrates the value of a continuing dialogue between Indigenous peoples and geography.

While the value of such dialogue is clear, the challenges facing the IPKRC are no small matter. There are relatively few...


Indigenous People Indigenous Knowledge Geographical Research Indigenous Student Ontological Pluralism 
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The editors would like to thank the Taiwanese hosts of the 2007 Commission meeting in Taipei, and the community hosts in Taroko. We would also like to thank the editors of GeoJournal for the opportunity to bring this collection of papers to publication, and for their patience—along with the patience of our contributors—through a series of unanticipated difficulties we faced in our editorial roles. We would also wish to acknowledge the valuable work of the referees for this collection, without whose contributions the IPKRC’s vision of a published collection from the meeting would not have been realized. We would also like to thank both our families for their support for our continued efforts to finalize the collection despite the personal challenges we each faced during the period of our editorial collaboration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für GeographieUniversität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Department of Environment and GeographyMacquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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