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By Dorothy L. Hodgson

What occurs to marginalized teams from Africa after they best friend with the indigenous peoples' circulate? Who claims to be indigenous and why? Dorothy L. Hodgson explores how indigenous id, either in inspiration and in perform, performs out within the context of monetary liberalization, transnational capitalism, kingdom restructuring, and political democratization. Hodgson brings her lengthy adventure with Maasai to her realizing of the transferring contours in their modern struggles for attractiveness, illustration, rights, and assets. Being Maasai, changing into Indigenous is a deep and delicate mirrored image at the percentages and bounds of transnational advocacy and the dilemmas of political motion, civil society, and alter in Maasai groups.

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During the past few decades, there have been radical changes in the priorities and practices of multilateral institutions and other development donors. As part of the neoliberal “reforms” of the 1990s, most shifted resources away from nation-states in favor of “local” NGOs and 8 Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous community-based organizations that were presumed to be more effective in reaching the “grassroots” (Bebbington and Riddell 1997; Edwards and Hulme 1992, 1995; Fowler 1995). States were accused of being corrupt, bloated, inefficient, and ineffective service providers, unwilling (and, perhaps, structurally unable) to listen to and engage the diverse concerns of their citizens.

Hodgson 1999d:213) In some cases, there seem to be clear divisions not only within and among indigenous groups but also between the leaders and their supposed constituencies (Jackson 1999; Li 2001b). There are no easy answers to any of these questions. As the contributors to Brosius (1999d), among others, make clear, these are questions that each of us must ask ourselves and answer in the context of our specific research situations. 18 To minimize risks, however unforeseeable, to the people and organizations I worked with and studied, I have therefore adopted a fairly conservative and protective approach by limiting naming of any kind.

Imperialism, and the marginalization of Maasai. By that time, Parkipuny was clearly weary of the constant political struggles and accusations he was experiencing as MP, yet continued to challenge what he perceived as the many injustices perpetrated on Maasai by the Tanzanian state. Despite, or perhaps because of, his political battles with representatives of the Tanzanian state, Parkipuny continued to nurture and develop his transnational connections, including communicating, through a mutual friend, with Jens Dahl, an anthropologist who was a board member (and later director) of the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA).

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