Indigenous Peoples Re-Membering Their Futures in Extraordinary Times

  • 5 Accesses


Political turmoil has become widespread in many regions of the world. Trends including right-wing populism, widening income inequality, and the planetary threats of climate change and biodiversity loss affect the rights and survival of Indigenous Peoples (IPs). This article will examine why some of these trends affect IPs in unique ways, and will suggest pathways toward supporting IPs’ right of self-determination for its own sake and for its value to all life.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

Access options

Buy single article

Instant unlimited access to the full article PDF.

US$ 39.95

Price includes VAT for USA

Subscribe to journal

Immediate online access to all issues from 2019. Subscription will auto renew annually.

US$ 64

This is the net price. Taxes to be calculated in checkout.


  1. Barragán, Rossana. 2011. The Census and the Making of a Social “Order” in Nineteenth-Century Bolivia. Histories of race and racism. The Andes and Mesoamerica from colonial times to the present, in Laura Gotkowitz (ed.). Durham and London: Duke University Press: 113–133.

  2. Berkes, Fikret, Carl Folke, and Madhav Gadgil. 1994. Traditional ecological knowledge, biodiversity, resilience and sustainability. Biodiversity conservation, 4: 269–287. Dordrecht: Springer.

  3. Jeffries, Marshall. 2015. Re-Membering Our Own Power: Occaneechi Activism, Feminism, and Political Action Theories. Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 36(1): 160–195.

  4. Kimerling, Judith. 2016. Habitat as Human Rights: Indigenous Huaorani in the Amazon Rainforest, Oil and Ome Yasuni. Vermont Law Review 40: 445.

  5. Maldonado, Julie Koppel, Christine Shearer, Robin Bronen, Kristina Peterson, and Heather Lazrus. 2013. The impact of climate change on tribal communities in the US: displacement, relocation, and human rights. Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States, 120(3): 601–614. Springer.

  6. Nabhan, Gary Paul. 2016. Enduring seeds: Native American agriculture and wild plant conservation. University of Arizona Press.

  7. Niamir-Fuller, Maryam, Carol Kerven, Robin Reid, and Eleanor Milner-Gulland. 2012. Co-existence of wildlife and pastoralism on extensive rangelands: competition or compatibility? Pastoralism 2: 8. Accessed 12 December 2019.

  8. Organization of American States (OAS). 2019. OAS Final Report of the Audit of the Elections in Bolivia: Intentional Manipulation and Serious Irregularities Made it Impossible to Validate the Results. 56–58. Accessed 12 December 2019.

  9. Simmons, Kristen. 2019. Expanse. Journal for the Anthropology of North America 22 (2): 103–105.

  10. Simpson, Audra. 2014. Mohawk interruptus: Political life across the borders of settler states. Durham: Duke University Press.

  11. Toledo, Victor M. 2001. Indigenous peoples and biodiversity. Encyclopedia of biodiversity 3: 451–463.

  12. University of British Columbia (UBC). 2019. Biodiversity highest on Indigenous-managed lands. ScienceDaily. Accessed 30 November 2019.

  13. UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). 2018. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples: Attacks and criminalization of Indigenous Peoples defending their lands and rights. A/HRC/39/17, (10 August). Accessed 20 October 2019.

  14. UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. 2019. Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Díaz, Sandra, J. Settele, Eduardo Brondízio, H. Ngo, M. Guèze, J. Agard, A. Arneth et al. Summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

  15. UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). 2004. The concept of Indigenous Peoples. Background paper for the Workshop on data collection and disaggregation for Indigenous Peoples. UN Document PFII/2004/WS.1/3 New York. UN.

  16. Wolfe, Patrick. 2006. Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native. Journal of Genocide Research 8(4): 387–409.

  17. World Resources Initiative (WRI) in collaboration with United Nations Development Program, United Nations Environment Program, and World Bank. 2005. World Resources Report 2005: The wealth of the poormanaging ecosystems to fight poverty. Washington, DC: WRI. Accessed 21 November 2019.

Download references

Author information

Correspondence to Carol Kalafatic.

Additional information

Publisher's Note

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Kalafatic, C. Indigenous Peoples Re-Membering Their Futures in Extraordinary Times. Development (2020).

Download citation


  • Indigenous peoples
  • Bio-cultural diversity
  • Self-determination
  • Settler colonialism
  • Racism