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Deep Consciousness and Reclaiming the Old Ways: Aboriginal Women Leading a Paradigm Shift


Baltra-Ulloa, J, Deep Consciousness and Reclaiming the Old Ways: Aboriginal Women Leading a Paradigm Shift, Oxford Handbook of Indigenous Sociology, Oxford University Press, M Walter, T Kukutai, AA Gonzales, & R Henry (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9780197528778 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter examines the parallels of being a Mapuche woman in Chile and being an Aboriginal woman in Australia. Aboriginal women in Australia and Mapuche women in Chile are at the bottom of the racial hierarchy, and both are most fiercely ignored and subjugated. Indigeneity in the life context of these women is a triple burden: burdened with the gender disparity as a woman, burdened with Western feminism largely devoid of an Indigenist perspective, and burdened by the legacy of colonization and its daily reenactments. Against this sociocultural, political, and economic backdrop, Mapuche and Aboriginal women rise daily, and have done so for millennia, as storytellers, healers, and activists, sharing the Dreaming and the wisdom of ancestors. They activate, educate, and lead their communities, reclaiming culture and a oneness with nature. From the periphery of the current world order, the Indigenist female Other tells very different stories about the grand challenges that humanity faces in the 21st century. What, then, can we learn from these women? What can we unlearn from these women? In this chapter, these questions are explored by sharing what these women live by: a deep consciousness that reclaiming old ways can lead a global paradigm shift.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Indigenous women, Indigeneity, feminism, Mapuche, Aboriginal
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baltra-Ulloa, J (Dr Joselynn Baltra-Ulloa)
ID Code:148832
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-02-15
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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