Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression
G. N. Devy, Geoffrey V. Davis and K. K. Chakravarty (Eds.)
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Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression is a companion volume to Indigeneity: Culture and Representation. The essays present a critical enquiry into the cultures and literatures of indigenous communities. They deal with their stories of colonial experience, their marginalization and their struggles to avert the decline of their socio-cultural status, and the emergence of their voice in the respective national literature. Rather than seeking succour from a human rights regime, Aboriginal peoples have consistently looked for lessons of environmental balance and social regeneration in their own literature, knowledge systems and cultural traditions.

The essays in this volume show how these groups have acknowledged, internalized and adapted to their own idiom, linguistic and cultural nuances and expressions left behind as a relic of colonial presence. Further, in their endeavour to analyze the reasons behind their alienation, they have consistently been self critical, holding the white colonists responsible for their current situation, but recognizing and narrating instances of complicity of Aboriginal elders in the persecution of their women.

Running through the volume is the view that the indigenous people are agents rather than objects of change. They have the capacity to classify, codify and present their knowledge and perceive and evaluate changes in the environment. The essays also highlight the rejection by Aboriginal groups of the prevailing view of their cultural heritage as a "social problem", at odds with the imperatives of contemporary existence.

This book is a celebration of indigenous cultures rooted in their physical and cultural environment rather than an archival repository or a museum gallery. Bringing together scholars from across the world, this volume will be of invaluable interest to students and scholars of sociology, anthropology, tribal studies, colonial studies, literature and linguistics.

G. N. Devy is Director and Founder of Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Baroda, and Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh.

Geoffrey V. Davis is Chair, Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS), Aachen, Germany.

K. K. Chakravarty is Chancellor of the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), and Director, Institute of Heritage Management and Research, Delhi.

K. K. Chakravarty

1. Understanding Indigenous Struggles: The Limitations of Postcolonial Theory
Bonita Lawrence and Enakshi Dua
2. Endangered Indigenous Traditions of the Urhobo People of the Niger Delta
Godini G. Darah
3. From the Postcolonial to the Globalized Language: Revitalization in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Éire/Ireland
Muiris Ó Laoire
4. Rewriting Columbus: Coatlicue’s Dramatization of Mexican Indigenous History
Christiane Schlote
5. Contemporary Yoruba Funeral: A Discursive Personal Narrative
F. Odun Balogun
6. Multilingualism in Modern South African Poetry
Manfred Loimeier
7. Cultural Identity and Rewriting the Past: Contemporary South African Literature(s)
Monika Reif-Huelser
8. Gender Violence in Postcolonial Aboriginal Communities: Indigenous and White Perceptions
Sue Ryan-Fazilleau
9. The Place of the Folk Tale in a Changing Society
Helen Oronga Aswani Mwanzi
10. In Search of Wisdom: Transformations in Indigenous and Postcolonial Discourses
Vera Alexander
11. The Ethnopoetics of Irular Ballads
A. Chellaperumal and Sujatha Vijayraghavan
12. Gender and Empowerment: The Folklore of Garhwal
Satish C. Aikant
13. Ngugi’s Indigenous Language Novels: Women and the
National Cause
Joseph McLaren
14. Colonial Narrative and Indigenous Consciousness: Raja Rao’s Kanthapura and Ignazio Silone’s Fontamara
Stefano Mercanti
15. A Green Postcolonial Reading of Kocharethi and Mother Forest
Tom Thomas
16. Carib Palimpsests in Derek Walcott’s Collected Poems
Kerry-Jane Wallart
17. Indigenous Hatred and Fear: Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker
Florence Labaune-Demeule
18. Vaacha: Voice and Memory in the Museum
Brian Coates and Eileen Coates
19. Indigenous Voices in Australian Universities: Towards a Collaborative Pedagogy
Julian Silverman
20. Education in a Second Language: Struggles and Achievements of Betta Kurumbar Children
J. Daniel Selvaraj
21. Mahasweta Devi and the Tribal: A Creative Discourse
Bodh Prakash
22. Narrating Tribal Entity: Mavelimantam, Kocharethi, Ooralikkudi
Asha Susan Jacob
23. Reading Maracle’s Sundogs: Indigenous Subalternity and Resistance
Shaily Mudgal
24. Can the Bollywood Film Speak to the Subaltern?
Ajay Gehlawat
25. Sound in the Aboriginal Australian Films of Rolf de Heer
Bruno Starrs
26. Living and Learning in a New Language and Culture: A Linguist’s Experiences
Annie Vinod Wilson
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