Whose Home and Native Land

Edith Blades


Indigenous peoples claim a particular bond to their ancestral land. This bond is the basis of their claim to these territories and belief in their inalienable right to this land. The deep connection by indigenous peoples to their land can be difficult to understand for some non-native people. This paper reflects on the concept of native homeland by comparing the concept of home among indigenous peoples to the Jewish concept of the land of Israel. In both cases the connection to the land is cultural, spiritual, economic, and environmental. Such parallel commitment to ancestral land leads to a reflexive consideration of the concept of homeland, which may provide insights to peoples of non-native heritage on the depth and importance of indigenous land claims.

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