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After centuries of colonization, the ongoing struggle to preserve communal knowledge, rituals, language, traditions, and teaching and learning practices has taken on even more significance in the increasingly standardized world of globalization. For many indigenous societies, protecting community-based customs has involved the rejection of state-provided education, raising a series of interconnected issues regarding autonomy, modernity and cultural sustainability.
In New World of Indigenous Resistance, these questions are approached from multiple perspectives by means of an innovative exchange between linguist and human rights advocate Noam Chomsky, and more than twenty scholars, activists and educators from across the Americas.
In response to Chomsky’s ideas, voices from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay draw from their first-hand experience and scholarship, speaking to, with, and at times against Chomsky’s views.
Lois Meyer is an applied linguist and Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, U.S.A., and a close collaborator with the Coalition of Indigenous Teachers and Promoters of Oaxaca (CMPIO).
Benjamín Maldonado Alvarado is a Mexican anthropologist specialising in indigenous education who has lived in Oaxaca for thirty years, collaborating with various indigenous organizations and carrying out ethnographic studies among the Mixe, Mazateco and Chatino peoples.
A Hemispheric Conversation among Equals
by Lois Meyer
Resistance and Hope: The Future of Comunalidad in a Globalized World
Interview with Noam Chomsky by Lois Meyer, 2004
Video Message to the Second National Congress of Indigenous & Intercultural Education
by Noam Chomsky, 2007
The Imperial State and Hope from inside Indigenous America
Interview with Noam Chomsky by Lois Meyer, 2007
Reflections on a Hemispheric Conversation among Equals
Interview with Noam Chomsky by Lois Meyer, 2009
An Open-Ended Closing
by Lois Meyer, Julianna Kirwin, and Erin Tooher