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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Cultural Conciliation and the Indigenous Imperative: The Bankruptcy of Nation-Statism and the Logic of Relocalization

Richard O. Clemmer.

Ethnological research demonstrates that consensus-based decision-making and sustainable economies flourish when small communities of fewer than 2,000 persons maintain control of land and resources. I present several case studies from my own researches and those of others to demonstrate this point. I summarize recent movements to empower non-nation-state minorities in Europe for points of comparison. I review these cases and empowerment movements as reflections of cultural conciliation and provide a brief history of how cultural conciliation has been expressed in various contexts as a form of social capital.


Richard O. Clemmer  (United States)
Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
University of Denver

Richard O. Clemmer is the author of 'Roads in the Sky: The Hopi Indians in a Century of Change' (Westview, 1995) and editor, with L. Daniel Myers and Mary Elizabeth Rudden, of 'Julian Steward and the Great Basin: The Making of an Anthropologist' (University of Utah Press, 1999). His interests are in political ecology and objects as communication. His most recent publications are "Motifs with messages: Ceramic objects as forms of communication", to be published in 'Semiotica' (2003) and "Southern Ute Land, Economy, Culture, and Strategy under the Reorganization, Determination, and Self-Determination Eras" in Frances Quintana, 'Ordeal of Change: The Southern Utes and their Neighbors' (Altamira Press, 2004).

  • Cultural conciliation
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Relocalization
  • Ethnological research
  • Empowerment

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)