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Against Internationalism

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This text is an artwork meditation on the question of what constitutes ‘Indigenous People’ in a world defined by nations, nationalities and states. Across the media these appear to be ‘people who need help’, such as the Ainu in Japan, Aboriginals in Australia, Sami in Scandinavia, Negritos in the Philippines and so on. The author reports on his work in the 1970s at the Human Rights Commission of the UN headquarters in Geneva, where his brief was intended to be a twenty-year project investigating Europe's invasions and colonization of the peoples of North and South America. He concludes that the real ‘world problem’ is not indigenous people but boundaried nations, so often created against stateless peoples, and asks, what if we had a world law against the buying and selling of land; if the earth is the earth and not a commodity?

Keywords: Hadzapi; Human Right Commission for the United Nations; Negritos; Nenets; Sami; Yakutia; colonization; indigenous people; nation; science; stateless people

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2013-01-01

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