Anarcho-Indigenism: Conversations on Land and Freedom
“Anarchists have much to learn from Indigenous struggles for decolonization. [A] thought-provoking collection” Lesley J. Wood, Professor, York University, Toronto
“Vigorously affirming anarchism’s plurality, the authors make a powerful case for the reconfiguration of anticolonial struggle” Ruth Kinna, Professor, Loughborough University
As early as the end of the nineteenth century, anarchists such as Peter Kropotkin and Élisée Reclus became interested in Indigenous peoples, many of whom they saw as societies without a state or private property, living a form of communism. Thinkers such as David Graeber and John Holloway have continued this tradition of engagement with the practices of Indigenous societies, while Indigenous activists coined the term ‘anarcho-indigenism’, in reference to a long history of (often imperfect) collaboration between anarchists and Indigenous activists, over land rights and environmental issues, including recent high profile anti-pipeline campaigns.
Anarcho-Indigenism is a dialogue between anarchism and Indigenous politics. In interviews, the contributors reveal what Indigenous thought and traditions and anarchism have in common, without denying the scars left by colonialism. They ultimately offer a vision of the world that combines anti-colonialism, feminism, ecology, anti-capitalism and anti-statism.
Francis Dupuis-Déri is a Professor of Political Science and a member of the Institut de Recherches et d’études Féministes at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He is the author of several books such as Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs?. Benjamin Pillet is a translator and community organizer, with a PhD in Political Thought from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Praise for Anarcho-Indigenism: Conversations on Land and Freedom
'Anarchists have much to learn from indigenous struggles for decolonization. This thought provoking collection of interviews with indigenous activists offers insight into points of contact, affinities and tensions.'
Lesley J. Wood, Professor of Sociology, York University, Toronto
'Combines rich and arresting reflections on anarchism and indigenism with an incisive analysis of the complexities, tensions and affinities of anarchist and indigenous politics. Vigorously affirming anarchism’s plurality, Dupuis-Déri and Pillet also make a powerful case for the reconfiguration of anticolonial struggle.'
Ruth Kinna, Loughborough University Anarchism Research Group
'Timely, finely-tuned, and establishes anarcho-indigenism as a constellation of personal, political, and theoretical relationships that are crucial for decolonizing Turtle Island and imagining new ways for Indigenous Peoples and Settlers to live and work together.'
Richard Day, Associate Professor, Queen's University and author of ‘Gramsci Is Dead’
'[A] vital conversation between anarchists and leading Indigenous activists and intellectuals ... who together explore the relationship between anarchist and resurgent Indigenous politics. At its best, this book is an invitation to non-indigenous anarchists to (re)consider revolutionary politics by taking up the “political histories and current lived experiences of Indigenous communities seriously”.'
Elaine Coburn, Director of the Centre for Feminist Research, York University, Toronto