No-Nonsense Guide to Indigenous Peoples, Second Edition

No-Nonsense Guide to Indigenous Peoples, Second Edition

Second edition

By Lotte Hughes



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Since the first edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to Indigenous Peoples was published in 2003, much has changed. The United Nations General Assembly has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous rights have become an increasingly important subject in international law, with Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, arguing on the international stage from an indigenous perspective, and introducing policies benefiting indigenous communities through land reforms and redistribution of wealth. Moreover, there has been a surge in indigenous activism and advocacy, with the growth of a global indigenous rights industry, the effects of which are not always positive. This updated edition reflects the changing context and examines the developments as well as the tensions and contradictions, and includes as many direct voices as possible.


For anyone who wants a lucid, factual, reliable guide to some of the most important issues of our time, I strongly recommend you check out the No-Nonsense Guides.

– Howard Zinn, social activist and author of a A People’s History of America

The No-Nonsense Guides target those topics that a large army of voters cares about, but that politicos evade.

– The Independent, London, U.K.

A remarkable book…at last one that introduces and explores the indigenous scene with all its fascination and without evasion of its puzzles…very good indeed.

– Hugh Brody, anthropologist, film-maker and author of Maps and Dreams and The Other Side of Eden

A splendid new series of pocketable guides to issue politics…rigorously clear.

– The Guardian, London, U.K.

The No-Nonsense Guides are the most accessible and enjoyable means for people with hurried lives to find out how the world really works.

– George Monbiot, journalist, campaigner and author


Chapter 1 Who Are Indigenous Peoples?
Chapter 2 Colonialism and Conquest
Chapter 3 Land and Nature
Chapter 4 Facing the Problems
Chapter 5 Fighting Back
Chapter 6 Music and Magic
Chapter 7 Development, Justice and Future Challenges