Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Humanities & Communication


Global Studies

First Advisor

Kathryn Poethig


Resurgence is the 21st century revitalization of traditional practices and governance to create an alternative future for Indigenous communities as articulated by North American Indigenous scholars: Leanne Simpson, Glen Coulthard, Taiaike Alfred, and Jeff Corntassel. Theoretical works and findings of Resurgence were a response to the settler-colonial narrative of dispossession policies directed at the removal of Indigenous communities from their land. In response, Indigenous scholars have used Resurgence to showcase alternatives to protecting Indigenous land rights and cultural practices. This is being done through a national liberation and the rejuvenation of cultural values, practices, language, and art. This paper shows an array of Indigenous Resurgence land-based practices that have variations from traditional to more contemporary innovative examples of Resurgence. This is the beauty of Indigenous Resurgence, because it shows the power of the indigenous collective to adapt, readjust, and prevail in contemporary times. Not only this but it shows the strength within these communities that their cultural identity will not be erased.