Colonization and Decolonization

Colonization and Decolonization CoverSub-titled “A Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century,” this guide book written by Zig Zag and published by Warrior Publications provides a brief overview of the history of colonialism and offers some ideas for beginning a decolonial struggle. The book provides an accessible and approachable introduction to colonialism, providing both historical background and an exploration of the ways in which colonialism continues to function in the present. It offers a broad understanding of colonialism, arguing that it is not something limited to a specific historical period, but rather something that has happened throughout history and the present. For those of us living in what is now known as the Americas, this is essential reading for understanding our present condition and the legacy of genocide and conquest.

The book is presented as a series of lesson plans, making it easy to use for workshops, discussion groups, and even classes. Additionally, there are recommended resources for further reading, which make it an excellent starting point to further exploration.

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Excerpt from Colonization and Decolonization

Decolonization is the ending of colonialism and the liberation of the colonized. This requires the dismantling of the colonial government and its entire social system upon which control & exploitation are based. Decolonization, then, is a revolutionary struggle aimed at transforming the entire social system and re-establishing the sovereignty of tribal peoples. In political terms, this means a radical decentralization of national power (i.e., the dismantling of the nation-state) and the establishment of local autonomy (community & region, traditionally the village and tribal nation).

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