The praxis of indigenism and alaska native timber politics

Kirk Dombrowski

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This article addresses the most recent discourse on indigenism in Southeast Alaska that has emerged around the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and its subsequent revisions. It argues that one must consider the "politics of recognition" in Southeast Alaska in terms of the larger political dynamics that shape state and industry access to resources, especially commercially valuable stands of timber. In Southeast Alaska, recognition of Native claims has allowed industrial timber and pulp producers to, in effect, circumvent environmental laws aimed at curbing production, thus allowing them to continue devastating the living conditions of many Natives. Among the local responses to the manipulation of Native claims and identity, the all-Native, radical Christian churches that have taken a strong stance against the recent, corporate-sponsored, cultural revitalization are unique in their resistance to indigenist politics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1062-1073
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Anthropologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Alaska Natives
  • Development
  • Indigenism
  • Pentecostalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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