AlterNative Volume 5, Issue 1 is a general issue and includes 8 articles on different indigenous themes from around the world. Many papers in the issue address naming, as it relates to place, distinctiveness, meaning and interpretation. The articles are united by issues of indigenous identity and social justice. They cover diverse topics, such as place names in King Island Alaska, Māori responses to coroner legislation, Aboriginal education in Canada, and the difficulties of literary translation across different cultures, using Assamese as an example.
AlterNative Volume 4, Issue 2 is a general issue and includes 11 papers on different indigenous themes from around the world. AlterNative has the ambitious goal of redressing the hegemonic discourse by providing a space where indigenous voices can be clearly represented. Each of the 11 articles in the issue is a pragmatic attempt to reclaim and rework recordings of history and re-establish self-determination of indigenous peoples. Here we can catch a glimpse of the active global indigenous movement.
Volume 4, Issue 1 is a special supplement entitled Critiquing Pasifika Education. One of the central premises of AlterNative is to provide a space for indigenous and native peoples to discuss critical issues and ideas that lead towards social, cultural and political transformation. As education—policy, pedagogy and practice—is widely recognised as a fundamental vanguard towards achieving transformation this Special Edition contains the final versions of papers delivered at the Critiquing Pasifika Education in the University 2007 Conference.
This special edition of AlterNative set out to provide answers to some of the key questions that surround notions of excellence. We invited indigenous scholars from all over the world to contribute their thoughts, observations and insights in order to inform our understandings of excellence in research. For some of us, this has meant that we have had to expand and adapt our understanding of the concept and for others, it has meant the beginning of a new journey in our understanding of indigenous research.
Volume 3, issue 1 is a general edition which includes 13 articles on a variety of indigenous peoples' issues from around the world. Topics covered are indigenous health and well-being, environmental resource management, tourism, hybridity in music performance, ICT integration in education, research ethics, as well as indigenous identity and self-determination. One of the contributions in this issue is a verbatim transcript of an interview with Chief Picard who is questioned about indigenous self-determination in Québec.
This special supplement on the marginalisation project funded by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, University of Auckland, is concerned with social and educational transformation. It critically examines the processes and conditions by which some individuals and groups are excluded not only from ‘mainstream’ society but also from Māori society. It seeks to elucidate, challenge and transform practices, policies and perceptions that inhibit and indeed prevent these groups and individuals from full and meaningful participation in, and contribution to, all aspects of social and economic life.
AlterNative has been established by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s National Institute of Research Excellence for Māori Development and Advancement, as an innovative new forum for indigenous scholars world-wide, where we can set our own standards, content, arguments and agenda. In this and future issues, AlterNative will showcase themes of indigenous knowledge and epistemologies, differing indigenous methodologies, research ethics, critiques from an indigenous perspective and analyses of the challenges facing indigenous peoples in the 21st century