AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. It aims to present indigenous worldviews from native indigenous perspectives.
AlterNative is dedicated to the analysis and dissemination of native indigenous knowledge that uniquely belongs to cultural, traditional, tribal and aboriginal peoples as well as first-nations, from around the world.
AlterNative spans themes of origins, place, peoples, community, culture, traditional and oral history, heritage, colonialism, power, intervention, development and self-determination.
Dedicated to the advancement of critical dialogue by, with and for native Indigenous peoples across the globe
Across the world there are some 350 million indigenous peoples in over 70 countries. They are the descendants of the first or earliest ancestors in the region. Indigenous peoples are also characterised by the historical narrative of colonisation experienced differently by most indigenous peoples, including territorial alienation, plundered resources and the systematic political, social and cultural oppression of populations. Practices of colonisation continue today particularly under globalisation. Indigenous peoples are still alienated from their lands, socially and culturally disadvantaged, politically marginalised and, in some cases, denied recognition of indigeneity itself.
Despite these ongoing experiences, Indigenous peoples continue to affirm their cultural identity and traditions as well as organise themselves socio-politically. They actively assert demands for recognition and redress from governments that have been established on their homelands. This emancipatory transformative renaissance is organic, tribal, national and geo-regional and is both customary and modern. It is also global as the Indigenous peoples right to self-determination is affirmed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007).
From resistance to research, struggle to scholarship, theory and practice in transformation
AlterNative seeks to offer an Indigenous forum where critical scholarship can describe and analyse these historical and contemporary experiences of colonisation as well as theorise forms of emancipatory transformative renaissance at the local, regional and global levels.
AlterNative was launched in 2005 by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga: New Zealand’s National Institute of Research Excellence in Māori Advancement and Development based at The University of Auckland in Aotearoa New Zealand. The name Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga means ‘horizons of insight’.
Committed towards ensuring the survival and protection of Indigenous languages; one article in each issue is published in a native language.