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Indigenous Perspectives of Resilience: Strength and Adaptive Strategies

  • Monica Yadeun-AntuñanoEmail author
  • Leticia Canal Vieira
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The circumstances of each Indigenous group are unique, and generalizations about Indigenous perspectives on resilience may not apply to particular cases. Built on the common understandings of Indigenous scholars, Indigenous resilience focuses on the innate determination of Indigenous peoples to succeed rather than to overcome challenges. Valaskakis (2009) claim it is cantered in “a search for success” (p. 3), and Reid et al. (1996) defined it as “the capability of individuals to cope and flourish successfully in the face of significant adversity or risk” (p. 7). For Indigenous peoples, success involves a holistic understanding of the inextricable link between spirituality, culture, healing, and connection to land. To be successful is to have a strong sense of community and a spiritual relationship with all life forms. Indigenous peoples were able to continue with their traditional culture and ways of living despite colonization processes. Restoring cultural values and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Yadeun-Antuñano
    • 1
    Email author
  • Leticia Canal Vieira
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Education and Professional studiesGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Environment and ScienceGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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  • Mohamed Walid

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