Sacred Lands Project essay
Identify a situation in which indigenous people seek to reclaim traditional lands. The place can be anywhere in the world. The attempt can be contemporary or historic.
Start by describing the tribal setting, the site (or sites) under consideration and other significant factors. Questions to address:
- Why this land? What factors led to this effort?
- How do the native people understand, interpret and appeal to the sacredness of the land?
- How do non-natives understand and respond to claims based on the land as sacred?
- What have been the outcomes, intended or unintended?
Please remember that this assignment is more than a description of a conflict, it is a critical analysis of indigenous and dominant cultural understandings of the notion of the sacred in relation to land.
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