Past and Present Colonialist Practices: Violence in Indigenous Communities

Marianela Rivera


Violence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past and Engaging the Present is an interdisciplinary collection of fifteen essays in which the authors raise awareness of past and current colonialist practices that continue to impact and shape Indigenous communities across the world. The editors of this volume thematically organized the essays into five sections to guide and expose the reader to different representations of violence within and against Indigenous communities. Trustworthy historic and academic sources serve as the foundation of each essay, as the authors deepen into topics that include captivity, enslavement, displacement, sexual violence, and death.  This collection of essays highlights existing curricular and social gaps that have prevented the general community from understanding Indigenous communities’ crucial role and invites the reader to explore and inquire about perspectives that go beyond patriarchal ideologies and a Eurocentric mindset.


colonial institutions, Indigenous communities, settler colonialism.

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Sleeper-Smith, S., Ostler, J., & Reid, J. L. (Eds.). (2021). Violence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past and Engaging the Present. Northwestern University Press.

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