ALFRED, Gerald Taiaiake




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Holding a Canada research Chair at the University of Victoria, Gerald Taiaiake Alfred has been touted as one of the most influential figures in a new generation of First Nations leaders. His history of Mohawk militancy and nationalism, Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors (1995), was followed by an extended essay on ethics and leadership entitled Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999) and Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom (2005). Also known as Kanien'kehaka, he was born at Tiohtie (Montreal) in the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory where he has since served as an advisor on governance and land issues. Schooled by Jesuits, Alfred also had a stint as a machine-gunner in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his doctorate from Cornell University and is known for his scholarly work on Native nationalism, Iroquois history and indigenous traditions of government. Born in 1965, he resides in Songhees Nation Territory on southern Vancouver Island and works as Director of the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria. Taiaiake is a Mohawk name meaning "He's Crossed Over from the Other Side."

BOOKS:

Alfred, Gerald Taiaiake. Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors: Mohawk Politics and the Rise of Native Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 1995).
Alfred, Gerald Taiaiake. Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (Oxford University Press, 1999).
Alfred, Gerald Taiaiake. Wasase: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2005).

Awards:

Best Columns in a Native Publication, 2001 Native American Journalists Association

[BCBW 2005]