Re: Indigenous Greed?

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 11:26:44 -0500

Regarding Brett Diamond's view of indigenous people, the Washington Post 3/5
contains the following review, entitled " Endangered Peoples " by Art
Davidson, published by the Sierra Club Books, paperback, $20.00: "In
the introduction to this survewy of the plight of indigenous people the
world over, Art Davidson writes that there are still an estimated 200
million to 250 million native peoples in the word today. From Alaska to
Africa to Australia, however, their lives are threatened by development,
by greed and by fear. Davison calls the threats facing native peoples
like the Yu'ik in Alaska to the Aborigines in Australia 'forced march into
oblivion.' This forced march comes in different ways, as governments
compel native peoples into exile (as has happened in Guatamala), or
prevent parents from teaching their children to speak traditional
languages (as has happened with the Navajo). Davidson's aim in writing
this book, he says, was not to 'analyze the political and legal struggles
of native peoples, but to bear witness to these realities and the ugency
of returning to indigenous peoples their lands and their right to
determine their own future'." Ruby Rohrlich