Claiming Back Their Heritage: Indigenous Empowerment and Community Development through World Heritage

Book announcement: This book explores the function and use of cultural heritage in the formation of identity and the development of agency of Indigenous Nations in North America. It explores how Indigenous people have voice and visibility in the administration and representation of World Heritage sites, how they use their heritage, and how the interests of Indigenous communities can be reconciled with the interests of a broader public. Analyzing the three case studies of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, SGang Gwaay and Gwaii Haanas, and Tr’ondëk-Klondike, the book concentrates on the question of how Indigenous groups enforce recognition of their collective rights to preserve their cultural heritage and assert their right to self-determination. A comprehensive framework developed by the author helps to understand the use and significance of heritage for community development. Presenting many Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices and summarizing the complex debates concerning Indigenous heritage, the books is a benefit to professionals and students alike.