By exploring placemaking and indigenous memory, this paper argues that space can and should be utilized in movements against oppression. Grassroots resistance is increasingly necessary as the globally marginalized face the constant threats of colonization, incarceration, and fascism. With a grounding in memory studies and a transnational perspective, I analyze Maori movements in Aotearoa New Zealand and American Indian movements in North America in tandem with each other. Charting the histories of dominant space production in these twin contexts allow for a witnessing of each harmful nation-building project. This informed my conclusion that both global solidarities and place-based movements are critical tools for survival for marginalized communities. In practice, and in the tradition of indigenous struggles, these tactics can be liberatory in their reclamation of land and memory.
"Subversive: Space as a Movement-Making Tool,"
Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities: Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/tapestries/vol8/iss1/4
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