Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Native studies is a relatively new discipline. Although there is no common definition, it is generally distinguished as dialogue between Western and Aboriginal perspectives to a critique of Native-state relations. Many focus on the need for an Aboriginal perspective that encompasses Aboriginal history grounded in colonization, traditional knowledge and language, Aboriginal rights, and decolonization focusing on healing and wellness. Native studies contributes to an awareness of issues, priorities, and events as they relate to Native peoples. Others see Native American studies as a critique of dominant society, history, and relations. The term Native studies is used primarily in Canada to mean a study of Aboriginal peoples, defined in the 1982 Canadian Constitution as Indians, Métis, and Inuit. In the United States, frequently used terms are American Indian studies; Native American studies; or, alternatively, Indigenous studies, meaning a study of Native American peoples or Indigenous peoples internationally. Emerging from disciplines by ...