Between spectacle and politics: Indigenous singularities

Glowczewski, Barbara (2011) Between spectacle and politics: Indigenous singularities. In: Glowczewski, Barbara, and Henry, Rosita, (eds.) The Challenge of Indigenous Peoples: spectacle or politics? Bardwell Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-23.

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[Extract] In solidarity with the French speaking Native Americans from Quebec who define themselves as autochtones (autochthonous, "from the land"), UNESCO has adopted a protocol to use this translation of the word Indigenous instead of the French indigene in all its declarations and publications. The use of the latter word is thought politically incorrect because of its old colonial use. But some non-governmental organisations (NGOs), whose agendas are to defend the rights of Indigenous peoples, prefer the French expression "peuples indigenes", ("Indigenous peoples") to insist on their special status. A French militant reappropriation of the word "indigene" emerged in a different context with the Indigenes de la Republique movement ("Indigenous People of the Republic") which was setup in reaction to a French law that was passed in 2005 requiring schools to teach the supposed "benefits of colonisation".¹ Protests from French historians and anthropologists, as well as many petitions convinced the then president, Jacques Chirac, to abrogate this article of the new law, shortly after "riots" had erupted in the suburbs of Paris and other big French cities; the actors in this civil unrest were essentially young French people whose parents or grandparents were part of the African colonial or postcolonial immigration to France.

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