For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization HandbookNov 15th, 2007 | By msimpson | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Media Reviews
Edited by Waziyatawin Angela Wilson and Michael Yellow Bird
School of American Research Press (2005)
Review by Michael W. Simpson
Rather than end with a recommendation, I want to say this: Buy this book in quantity; share it; give it away; and use it to change the world.
For Indigenous Eyes is a workbook born from the collaborative effort of Native thinkers. Critical and deep thinking are hallmarks of Indigenous peoples, but they have been stripped from many students, thanks to the colonial “schools.”
Oppression is normalized and accepted. This book points out that the first step to decolonization begins in our own minds.
Describing this as a handbook, the editors provide questions for reflection, activities, and suggested further readings. This is a book to be used, marked up, and carried to meetings. The greatness lies in the authors’ willingness to tackle the tough issues of today.
The topics covered include: decolonizing tribal governments, tribal enrollments, historical trauma and truth commissions, critical thinking centers, stereotypes, education, language storytelling, and diet. Each is very readable. The book represents the best in scholarship: a compassion for the people and the hope that education can serve the people through liberation.
Michael W. Simpson, J.D., M.Ed., is a lawyer, educator, and social activist from Oklahoma currently studying higher education and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona.