Indigenous Rights Reflected in Stories and Storytelling

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Call for Proposals for articles on the theme of INDIGENOUS RIGHTS REFLECTED IN INDIGENOUS STORIES AND STORYTELLING. Articles will be included in a guest-edited Fall 2014 issue of the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge newsletter (ICIK E-News).
Located at the Pennsylvania State University, the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge is part of a global network of indigenous knowledge resource centers, and it is the only global indigenous knowledge resource center in the United States. ICIK's newsletter is published electronically in Spring, Summer, and Fall. The ICIK Newsletter is archived at
As the Guest Editor for the Fall 2014 newsletter, I am seeking submissions that focus on the theme of indigenous rights as they are reflected in indigenous stories and storytelling practices. We hope to address the following questions about stories and storytelling as an indigenous practice for expressing perspectives on rights: How do stories and storytelling reflect indigenous understandings of people's rights within tribes and nations, and across political boundaries? Why are stories and storytelling powerful ways to express worldviews, knowledges, and activism within indigenous communities? How can stories and storytelling build cross-cultural understandings of indigenous rights issues?
Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
Land rights
Rights to and control of natural resources
Self-government, sovereignty
Self-autonomy and self-determination within communal settings
Nation building
Sustaining and protecting the environment
Development assistance
Rights to political authority
Improved gender relations
Mediation of tensions and historical conflicts between national governments and indigenous
peoples residing within their boundaries
Transformations from violence, disease, abuse, and confinement to hope and authority within
indigenous communities
Repudiation of colonial European myths about indigenous peoples
Adoption of the written word and visual media as methods for reclaiming rights
Modern adaptation of oral storytelling traditions
Decolonization of settler models of territory, jurisdiction, and race
Native women's roles in imagining and mapping tribal and nontribal nations
Intellectual property (e.g., medicinal plant knowledge and uses) in the preservation of folklore and other
traditional forms of knowledge
Queer or two-spirit representations of indigenous identity
Expressions of indigenous identity in literary traditions
Language recovery and language extinction
Use of the English language as a means of cross-cultural communication and counter actions
Translation of stories from indigenous languages to English

A proposal, not exceeding 300 words, must be submitted by December 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be made by January 1, 2014. Articles accepted for publication should not exceed 2,000 words and should be a minimum of 1,000 words. Articles must be submitted electronically by February 3, 2014.

To submit a proposal, attach a Word document to your e-mail and send it to:
Judy M. Bertonazzi at Please e-mail me with any questions you may have about the proposal submission and review, or the selection and final submission process.

Thank you!

Judy M. Bertonazzi, Ph.D.