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Living Indigenous Leadership
Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities
Carolyn Kenny   Tina Ngaroimata Fraser  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 10/5/2012
ISBN: 9780774823463    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774823470    

256 Pages


About the Book

Indigenous scholars strive to produce accessible research grounded in the daily lives of Native peoples, research that will improve their communities in meaningful and sustained ways. They also recognize that long-lasting change depends on effective leadership.

Living Indigenous Leadership showcases innovative research and leadership practices from diverse nations and tribes in Canada, the United States, and New Zealand. The contributors, all women, use vibrant stories and personal narratives to offer insights into the unique nature of Indigenous leadership. These dynamic case studies reveal that Native leaders, whether formal or informal, ground their work in embodied concepts such as land, story, ancestors, and Elders, concepts rarely mentioned in mainstream studies of leadership. Indigenous leadership, they show, finds its most powerful expression in collaboration, in the teaching and example of Elders, and in community projects to promote higher education, language revitalization, health care, and the preservation of Indigenous arts.

This collection not only adds Indigenous methods to studies on leadership, it also gives a voice to the wives, mothers, and grandmothers who are using their knowledge to mend hearts and minds and to build strong communities. Their personal stories and collective knowledge will inspire further research and future generations.

About the Author(s)

Carolyn Kenny is professor of human development and Indigenous studies at Antioch University.

Tina Ngaroimata Fraser, a Maori scholar, is assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she also teaches in the School of Nursing and First Nations Studies program.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Verna J. Kirkness

Preface / Carolyn Kenny and Tina Ngaroimata Fraser

1 Liberating Leadership Theory / Carolyn Kenny

Part 1: Leadership, Native Style

2 Learning to Lead Kokum Style: An Intergenerational Study of Eight First Nation Women / Yvonne G. McLeod

3 Elders’ Teachings on Indigenous Leadership: Leadership as Gift / Alannah Young Leon

4 Parental Involvement in First Nations Communities: Towards a Paradigm Shift / Evelyn Steinhauer

5 Skilay: Portrait of a Haida Artist and Leader / Carolyn Kenny (Nangx’aadasa’iid)

Part 2: Collaboration Is the Key

6 Indigenous Grandmas and the Social Justice Movement / Raquel D. Gutiérrez

7 Legacy of Leadership: From Grandmother’s Stories to Kapa Haka / Tina Ngaroimata Fraser

8 The Four R’s of Leadership in Indigenous Language Revitalization / Stelómethet Ethel B. Gardner

9 Transformation and Indigenous Interconnections: Indigeneity, Leadership, and Higher Education / Michelle Pidgeon

10 Translating and Living Native Values in Current Business, Global, and Indigenous Contexts / Gail Cheney

11 Approaching Leadership through Culture, Story, and Relationships / Michelle Archuleta

Part 3: Healing and Perseverance

12 "We Want a Lifelong Commitment, Not Just Sweet Words": Native Visions for Educational Healing / Michelle M. Jacob

13 And So I Turn to Rita: Mi’kmaq Women, Community Action, Leadership, and Resilience / Patricia Doyle-Bedwell

14 The Graceful War Dance: Engendering American IndianTraditional Knowledge and Practice in Leadership / Annette Squetimkin-Anquoe

15 Leaders Walking Backwards: Aboriginal Male Ex-Gang Members’ Perspectives and Experiences / Alanaise Goodwill



"This book is an excellent addition to Indigenous scholarship, which enriches the literature on community leadership, healing, and growth."
-- Sheila Carr-Stewart, Professor, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

"A unique contribution to the field of American Indian leadership that brings together diverse voices and perspectives, this book is not only beneficial to scholars but, importantly, it provides useful ways for non-academics to think about leadership in their own communities."
-- Michael D. Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"This is an inspiring book written by Indigenous women scholars [who] explore leadership concepts appropriate to building strong Aboriginal communities. ... The research in this publication encourages us to rethink leadership, to give thought to the original philosophies and practices of our people and to give voice to these invisible leaders."
-- From the Foreword by Verna Kirkness, Fisher River Cree Nation, Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

Aboriginal Studies
Women's Studies
Political Science
Public Policy

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