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Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Decolonial Resource List

Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Decolonial Resource List

Lectures / Interviews / Readings

Abby Abinanti, “16th National Indian Nations Conference
Abby Abinanti, “2018 ICWA Symposium - Keynote
Abby Abinanti and Josh Norris, “Intergenerational Trauma
Alawiyya Jamal, “Our Indigenous Knowledge can Preserve The Environment
Alexis Sanchez, Holly James, Sheryl Wright, “Decolonizing Queer Spaces
Amaranta Gómez Regalado, “La primera Muxe en conseguir un título universitario, habla de la discriminación
Angela Davis, “What is Queer BDS? Pinkwashing, Intersections, Struggles, Politics
Awqa Colque, “The Wretched of the Earth Chapter 2, 'Spontaneity: Its Strength and Weakness'
Beata Tsosie-Peña, “Three Centuries of Pueblo Resistance
Benny Wenda, “Indonesia's Hidden Colony
Bertha Isabel Zúñiga Cáceres, “US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras
Billy-Ray Belcourt, “Gallstones and the Colonial Politics of the Future
Billy-Ray Belcourt, “Indigenous Feminism as Abolitionist Praxis: An Essay in Ten Parts
Billy-Ray Belcourt, “This Wound is a World
Blessed Ngwenya, “Coloniality and South American-African solidarity
Bruce Pascoe, “Aboriginal agriculture - maintaining a culture over millenia
Caleen Sisk, Jeannette Armstrong, and Anne Keala Kelly, “Colonization and Indigenous People panel
Caleen Sisk and Marc Dadigan, “Indigenous Knowledge
Candi Brings Plenty, “Queer Indigenous, Two Spirit, cis Oglala Lakota Sioux Activist
Cash Ahenakew, “We Too Are IDLE NO MORE: UBC
Charlene Sul, EMAVoicesOfTheEarth Interview
Cheryl Clarke and Chrystos, “1993 OutWrite Writer's Conference
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, “Prophecies, World Peace, and Global Healing
Christi Belcort. “Artist Description of 'Giniigaaniimenaaning'
Chrystos, “Creating Change 2011
Chrystos, “Queer in Your Ear: Interview and Poetry Readings
Clifford Nae’ole “Culture, Arts, & Hospitality
Clifford Nae’ole “The Legacy of Kaho`olawe: Protecting the Ancestors at Honokahua
Corrina Gould, “Berkeley Earth Day
Dave Courchene, “Indigenous Perspective on Health & Wellness
Deborah A. Miranda, NVTV “Author of ‘Bad Indians’“
Debra Sparrow, “Musqueam weaver, artist and knowledge keeper
Debra Sparrow, “The Honouring a Legacy: The Conversation of Debra Sparrow's Weaving Our Way
Dian Million, “‘Indigenous Feminisms’ Affective Response to State Violence
Eda Zavala, “Anthropologist, Sociologist, Curandera 'Healer'
Elena Ortiz, Savannah Ortiz, Justine Teba, Jennifer Marley, Melanie Yazzie, “Pueblo Feminism & the Women's March
Eriel Deranger, “Reclaiming Our Indigeneity and Our Place in Modern Society
Esperanza Martinez, “This Changes Everything talk with Naomi Klein
Frank Johnson, “Resisters reading group Wretched of the Earth- Chap 1 'On Violence'
Freddy Mamani Silvestre and Gastón Gallardo, “New Andean: a new indigenous architecture
Giovanni Batz, “The Four Invasions of Guatemala and Indigenous Resistance
Gogo Ekhaya Esima, “Freedom, Expansion, and Growth in Altered States: Weaving the Spirit into Whole Person Care
Gogo Ekhaya Esima, “Sick or Gifted? Bridging the Connection Between Mental Health Issues and Spirituality
Gregory Cajete, “An Ecological Philosophy of Native Science: Living the Earth, Facing the Sun, Seeking the Light
Gregory Cajete, “Rebuilding Sustainable Indigenous Communities: Applying Native Science
Gregory Cajete and Patrisia Gonzales, “Natural Democracy and the function of Indigenous medicine
Hengede Danshilacuo and Patricia Mukhim, “2nd World Congress on Matriarchal Studies
Huanani-Kay Trask, “Democracy & Dissent in Post 9/11 America
Haunani-Kay Trask, “The Politics of Academic Freedom as the Politics of White Racism
Haunani-Kay Trask, “Who benefits from the misery of Native Hawaiians
Indigenous Peoples Forum On Doctrine of Discovery at Arizona Capitol
Inés Talamantez, “In The Space Between Earth & Sky
Inés Talamantez, “2018 SGS Conference, Day 1
Jacqueline Laguardia Martinez, “Overcoming colonial legacies in the Caribbean
Jennifer Marley, “Native Liberation Conference - Building Native/ChicanX Solidarity
Jennifer Marley, “Pueblo Resistance: Three Centuries of Pueblo Resistance
Joely Proudfit and Nicole Lim, “On Indian Ground: California. A Return to Indigenous Knowledge
Joy Harjo, “Poems are houses for spirits
Justine Teba, “Toxic Traditionalism: Three Centuries of Pueblo Resistance
Karina Walters, “Innovative methods and sustainable health approaches to historical trauma
Karina Walters, “Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference - Keynote
Kavita Krishnan, “Capitalism, misogyny and sexual violence
Kim TallBear, “Decolonial Sex and Relations for a More Sustainable World
Kim TallBear, "Making Love and Relations Beyond Settler Sexualities"
Laila El-Haddad, “Politics and Parenting in Palestine
Larry Cesspooch, “Ute Wisdom, Language and Creation Story
Larry Grant, José Luis Ramírez, and Enrique Ramírez, “Wixáritari indigenous land defenders at UBC
Layli Long Soldier, “8th Annual ILI Symposium 2017
Layli Long Solider, “Lunch Poems
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Facing the Anthropocene Luce Lecture
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Restoring Nationhood: Addressing Land Dispossession in the Canadian Reconciliation Discourse
Lee Maracle, “at North House
Lee Maracle, “Celia’s Song
Lee Maracle, “Connection between Violence against the Earth and Violence against Women
Lee Maracle, “Waterloo Indigenous Speakers Series
Leroy Little Bear, “Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science
Leslie Marmon Silko, “An Evening with Leslie Marmon Silko
Lisa Grayshield, ”Indigenous Ways of Knowing In Counseling & Psychology
Lisa Grayshield, “My Washoe Way of Knowing & My Professional Identity
Lorelai Chavez, “Three Centuries of Pueblo Resistance
Loren Bommelyn, Valentin Lopez, Corrina Gould, Marshall McKay, “California Indian Genocide and Resilience
Luna Merbruja, “For the Women Who Don't Get To Be Girls
Malidoma Patrice Somé, EMAVoicesOfTheEarth Interview
Malidoma Patrice Somé, “Finding your life's Purpose through Natural Rituals, and Community
Ma-Nee Chacaby, “Two Spirit identities
Marta González, Maximiliano Bazan, and Zenaida Cantú, “Indigenous Mexicans in NYC: An Interview
Margaret Mutu, “Indigenizing the University of Auckland
Margo Tamez, “Fronteras 810: Lipan Apache Band of Texas
Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, “Historical Trauma in Native American Populations
Masanobu Fukuoka, “the One Straw Revolution
Maximiliano Bazan, “Technology Changes Everything - Mixtec
Maximiliano Bazan, “The Things We Eat - Mixtec
Melba Rakow, “Washoe Tribal History
Mona Polacca, Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance, Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance, “Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Natalie Diaz, “How to Sacrifice Your Brother Even When He Is an Aztec
Nicole Martin, “Three Centuries of Pueblo Resistance
Nixiwaka Yawanawá, “Why Brazil’s indigenous people fight for the Amazon rainforest
Ofelia Zepeda, “Legacies of the Tribal Languages of Arizona: Gifts or Responsibilities with Ofelia Zepeda
Oodgeroo Noonuccal, “Honouring: Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Palestine as a Queer Struggle
Panashe Chigumadzi, “Ubuntu as a solution to the crisis of the Western imagination
Pat McCabe, “Earth Talk: Thriving Life - The Feminine Design and Sustainability
Pat McCabe, “The Earth Talks: Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Patrisia Gonzales, ”The Unseen Realm in Indigenous Healing Systems
Paula Gunn Allen, “The Sacred Hoop” (Part 1) and (Part 2)
Paula Gunn Allen, “The Women's Show
Queen Quet, “Gullah/Geechee Sustainability at the College of Charleston
Queen Quet “Histo-musical presentation of Gullah/Geechee history at Anderson University
Queen Quet, “Keynote for Pollutant Response in Marine Organisms group
Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer, “Documenting Tlingit Raven Stories
Robert Henry, “Re “image” ining Indigenous Gang Involvement in Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Robert J. Miller, ”Oregon, Indigenous Nations, Manifest Destiny, and the Doctrine of Discovery
Robin Wall Kimmerer & Richard Powers with Terry Tempest Williams, “Tales of Sweetgrass & Trees
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Nick Estes, “Indigenous Peoples and International Solidarity
Samah Jabr, “'Alienation and freedom: Education in the struggle for national liberation'
Sarah Hunt, “Embodying Self-Determination: resisting violence beyond the gender binary
Shareena Clanton, “Indigenous people want to be ‘the author of our own destinies’
Sheila Humphries, “My stolen childhood, and a life to rebuild
Steve Newcomb, “Indigenous Peoples Forum on the Doctrine of Discovery, Arizona
Suzan Shown Harjo, Patsy Phillips, Lois Jane Risling, Mary Hudetz, “Strong Women/Strong Nations 5: Trail Blazers
Tame Iti, “Mana: The power in knowing who you are
Tshering Tobgay, “This country isn't just carbon neutral — it's carbon negative
Vandana Shiva, “Capitalist Patriarchy Has Aggravated Violence Against Women
Vandana Shiva, “Food for Health
Vandana Shiva, “Keynote Speech - Earth at Risk Conference 2014
Vandana Shiva, “Poison Free Food & Farming
Vandana Shiva, “Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply (Culture of the Land)
Vandana Shiva, “The Lunacy of Economic Growth
Vandana Shiva, “We Must Fight Back Against the 1 Percent to Stop the Sixth Mass Extinction
Vandana Shiva, “Why We Need an Organic Future
Vincent Medina (host), ”Ohlone Spoken Word
Vine Deloria, Jr., “American Indian politics, academic freedom, and ethnicity
Vine Deloria Jr., “Our Relationship to the Unseen
Vine Deloria Jr., “Spiritual Yearning in the West
Vine Deloria Jr., “Technology’s Toll
Vine Deloria, Jr., “The World We Used To Live In
Vine Deloria Jr., “Time of its Own
Winona LaDuke, “2019 NCECA Conference Keynote Speaker
Winona LaDuke, "Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women"
Winona LaDuke, “Economics for the Seventh Generation
Zenaida Cantú and Jhoana Montes, “The Forgotten Ones From the Mountain - Tlapanec / Me'phaa
Zillah Eisenstein, “On Patriarchy and Capitalism
Zillah Eisenstein, “The Many Faces of Gender Violence, Lecture 1“
Zillah Eisenstein, “The Many Faces of Gender Violence, Lecture 2


Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
Beth Brant (editor), A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women
Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa (editors), This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color
Chrystos, Fire Power
Chrystos, In Her I Am
Chrystos, Not Vanishing
Cristina Calderón, Hai Kur Mamashu Shis (I Want to Tell You a Story)
Deborah A. Miranda, Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir
Four Arrows, Gregory Cajete, and Jongmin Lee, Critical Neurophilosophy & Indigenous Wisdom
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (1963 version)
Gregory Cajete, A People's Ecology: Explorations in Sustainable Living
Gregory Cajete, Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education
Gregory Cajete and Leroy Little Bear, Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence
Guillermo Bonfil Batalla, México Profundo: Reclaiming a Civilization
Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration
, edited by Robert Innes and Kim Anderson
Ilarion Merculieff, Wisdom Keeper: One Man's Journey to Honor the Untold History of the Unangan
Jeannette Armstrong, Whispering in Shadows
Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems
Joy Harjo, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001
Joy Harjo, She Had Some Horses: Poems
Layli Long Soldier, Whereas
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance
Lee Maracle, Celia’s Song
Lee Maracle, Ravensong
Lee Maracle, I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism
Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony
Leslie Marmon Silko, The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir
Leslie Marmon Silko, Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit
Malidoma Patrice Somé, Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
Malidoma Patrice Somé, Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community
Malidoma Patrice Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose through Nature, Ritual, and Community
Mahmoud Darwish, Journal of an Ordinary Grief
Neolani Goodyear-Kaopua, Ikaika Hussey, and Erin Kahunawaika’ala Wright (editors), A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty
Nora Naranjo-Morse, Mud Woman: Poems from the Clay
Patrisia Gonzales, Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing
Paula Gunn Allen, Life is a Fatal Disease: Collected Poems 1962-1995
Paula Gunn Allen, Off the Reservation: Reflections on Boundary-Busting, Border-Crossing Loose Cannons
Paula Gunn Allen (editor), Spider Woman’s Granddaughters: Traditional Tales and Contemporary Writing by Native American Women
Paula Gunn Allen, The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions
Paula Gunn Allen, The Woman Who Owned The Shadows
Roberto Cintli Rodríguez, Our Sacred Maíz Is Our Mother: Indigeneity and Belonging in the Americas
Scott Morgensen, Spaces Between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization
Vine Deloria Jr., Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
Vine Deloria Jr., The Metaphysics of Modern Existence
Vine Deloria Jr., The World We Used to Live In: Remembering the Powers of the Medicine Men
Zillah Eisenstein, Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism and the West

Academic Articles

Deborah A. Miranda, “Extermination of the Joyas: Gendercide in Spanish California” in GLQ


“We use plant, strong plant medicine, to connect in that way, to remove all the stuff that we carry in our minds, to remove all the sickness that we carry in our bodies, to remove all of this negativity that we keep in our spirits. Plant medicine heals us, cleans us, and then opens a profound understanding of our connection to the universe…” – Eda Zavalda

“Doing things without thought may be a difficult concept for Western-trained minds to understand since the mind is perceived as the center of intelligence, whereas Indigenous people know that true intelligence comes as a result of suspending thought.” – Ilarion Merculieff

“Broken men. Violated land. Violated women. We’ve been here before… We know that if you’re disconnected from the Earth you will be disconnected from each other, you will be disconnected from creation, and then you’ll violate creation. That’s what it is. And we’re creators [women], so we’re the first to get violated.” – Lee Maracle

“We have not to seek the truth, we have only to remove the lie that the truth can stand in all of its radiant beauty.” – Osho Zenmaster

“I was told that these teachings, they aren’t anything new. They’re called the original instructions.” – Mona Polacca

“In the centuries since the first attempts at colonization in the early 1500s, the invades have exerted every effort to remove Indian women from every position of authority, to obliterate all records pertaining to gynocratic social systems, and to ensure that no American and few American Indians would remember that gynocracy was the primary social order of Indian America prior to 1800.” – Paula Gunn Allen

“If any of you were ever taught from history books, it’s all a lie. Now, of course, we’re [Indigenous people] in these halls of educational facilities, institutions, where we’re telling the truth. And it’s not for anyone to feel guilty about, it’s to bring a consciousness, bring about an awareness that it’s [miseducation is] a disease of the mind.” – Paula Horne

“…I also proposed that we look to indigenous cultures because they’re very fascinating but, and here’s the real reason, is because they know the science of sustainability, they have known how to live in one place for an extended period of time, thousand years, 2,000 years, 3,000 years, with relative health, harmony, and happiness. They hold the science to sustainability.” – Pat McCabe

“What made me come back to this dearest place is that my great grandparents are made from the soils and the winds of this place. I too, am made of this soil.” – Roy Sesana

Please suggest more resources to add to this list in the comments section or via Twitter @mxparamo. I am adding sources as I continue to do more research and watch more lectures, readings, and talks, and read more books, anthologies, and articles.

Note: not everyone on this list identifies as Indigenous. This list also includes decolonial scholars.

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