The Struggle for Indigenous Rights: From Chiapas to Hawaii
Indigenous peoples throughout the world are asserting their rights. Chiapas in southern Mexico and Hawaii in the north Pacific are two of the most important struggles. Land, language and cultural autonomy are central to their demands. Their lands are not theme parks. Native peoples are not exotic colonies. They represent values, traditions and sensitivities that are essential to planetary well-being.
Recorded at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Haunani-Kay Trask, a scholar and poet, was a prominent voice for indigenous rights in Hawaii. With her sister Millani Trask, she was a founding member of Ka Lahui Hawaii, an organization that promoted self-determination for Native Hawaiians. She was Director of the Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii and the author of From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii. She passed away in 2021.