"After 500 years of injustice, 500 years of night, we are moving into the light of a new era for our peoples. We believe that our voices will make themselves heard, that you will listen to us."
Return of the Indian
Conquest and Revival in the Americas
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Phillip Wearne, foreword by Rigoberta Menchu
Chronicling indigenous resistance in Latin and North America, Phillip Wearne explains the ways in which land and language are central to indigenous identity and reveals the harsh realities of discrimination and repression that persist for all indigenous peoples.
"An excellent introduction. From Canada to Chile, this book draws together for the first time the experiences and struggles of indigenous peoples of all the Americas, North and South. Phillip Wearne writes with passion and sensitivity, revealing the tragic story of colonialism, the vigorous efforts to maintain indigenous cultures in the face of aggressive policies of assimilation and, most importantly, the new movement uniting indigenous peoples across the continent."
"Return of the Indian brings together for the first time the present condition of the forty million indigenous people of North, Central and South America. It is a long-needed work that shows the cultural diversity of the two continents as well as significant parallel historical courses."
"A timely study of Latin America's indigenous peoples and the appalling problems of racism and land theft they still face, but which they are heroically resisting. Wearne's book has that increasingly rare blend of scholarship and accessibility: a fine achievement."
"All that is of real importance in the history of the Indian races of the Americas is contained in Philip Wearne's book, which has spread a vast net to gather so many extraordinary facts."
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Phillip Wearne is a journalist who has lived in Mexico and Central America and traveled throughout the rest of North and South America.