Indigenous People: The Most Important Values Of The Indigenous Land

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Far from being genetic, being Indigenous is linked to a particular place. As time moves forward, many Indigenous people find themselves separated from the territories traditionally occupied by their ancestors and living in multicultural settings, thus bringing new ingredients to a contemporary Indigenous identity. (Weaver 2014:1) One’s land is a base for one’s identity. They earn their livelihood from their land. Their cultural memory is engraved in their physical landscape. Their belief is that everything originates in their motherland. That is why their motherland is more sacred to them than anything else. For them, their motherland is something that is very close to their heart worthy of their worship. “For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity” (Frantz Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth). Nanapush narrates how the natives are devastated and Whites are acquiring their land. Tracks is set during the historical period of “the Dawes Allotment” (Stookey72) (also called the General Allotment) Act of 1887 and Indian Allotment Act of 1904. These acts and government policies make “it relatively easy to divide up land formerly held communally on reservations and to allot it to individual Indians” (Peterson 181). The agenda behind the implementation of such acts is to civilize the natives and create an affinity with them towards the so-called civilized

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