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AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. We aim to present indigenous worldviews and scholarly research from native indigenous perspectives from around the world. AlterNative is published quarterly in print and online. AlterNative publishes papers that substantively address and critically engage with indigenous issues from a scholarly indigenous viewpoint. All papers must address and engage with current international and national literature and academic and/or indigenous theory and make a significant contribution to the field of indigenous studies. Read more.

Publication: First Online & Print (subscribed)
Print ISSN: 1177-1801
Online ISSN: 1174-1740
Frequency: Four issues per annum
Editors: Dr Tracey McIntosh & Dr Carwyn Jones
Editorial Office: Te Kororia Netana-Rakete

Latest Issue: Volume 14 Issue 4, December 2018

Special Issue: 'Adoption and Indigenous Citizenship Orders’

Guest Editors: Damien Lee and Kahente Horn-Miller

  • Foreword - Wild card: making sense of adoption and Indigenous citizenship orders in settler colonial contexts

Damien Lee and Kahente Horn-Miller

  • Kinshipwrecking: John Smith’s adoption and the Pocahontas myth in settler ontologies

Rachel Bryant

  • The effect of the colonialist terms “orphan” and “adoption” on the citizenship status of indigenous Fijian adoptees within their own community

Erica Newman

  • Ka oopikihtamashook’: becoming family​​

Krystl Raven

  • Imaginary passports or the wealth of obligations: seeking the limits of adoption into indigenous societies

Darcy Lindberg

  • Adoption, incorporation, and a sense of citizenship and belonging in Indigenous Nations and culture: a Haudenosaunee perspective

Kevin J White

  • Re-peopling in a settler-colonial context: the intersection of Indigenous laws of adoption with Canadian immigration law

Amar Bhatia

  • How did adoption become a dirty word? Indigenous citizenship orders as Irreconcilable Spaces of Aboriginality

Kahente Horn-Miller

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NEW AlterNative Co-Editor!

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga is pleased to announce Dr Carwyn Jones (Victoria University of Wellington) as the new Co-Editor for AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. Carwyn joins the team on a four-year term from 14 January 2019.

We are grateful for the vision, leadership and hard work of our retired co-editor, Professor Mike Walker and are pleased to have Carwyn as his successor, whom we recognise has the same attributes to nurture further and guide AlterNative forward.  Professor Tracey McIntosh will take a lead Editorship role to guide and support Carwyn as he becomes more familiar with the journal and publisher SAGE.

Carwyn (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington.  He holds a BA and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington, an MA from York University, Toronto, and a PhD from the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi and Indigenous legal traditions, and he has published numerous articles on these topics. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (UBC Press, 2016), co-editor of Indigenous Peoples and the State: International Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi (Routledge, 2018), a Co-Editor of the Māori Law Review, and a member of the editorial board of MAI Journal. He was a United Nations Indigenous Fellow in 2012 and is a member of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism for the Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. Carwyn also served as a negotiator for his community, Ngā Iwi me ngā Hapū o Te Rohe o Te Wairoa, in the recent settlement of their historical claims against the New Zealand state.

AlterNative continues its legacy as Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s flagship contribution to Indigenous international scholarship with over 14 years publication, to carve out and present Indigenous worldviews and scholarly research from native Indigenous perspectives from around the world.  AlterNative publishes four print and online issues annually.