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DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


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The most recent edition of Dana Gluckstein's iconic book, DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, provides urgency and a contemporary focus to the worldwide movement against racial injustice.

The 2020 edition includes new images of Native Americans and Moroccan Berbers as well as a new epilogue from Amnesty International, "Freedom from Violence," calling for the United States to take action against rape and assault of Native American and Alaskan Native women.

The first print run of DIGNITY, a three-time winner of the International Photography Awards, helped create a turning point for the Obama administration to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples—a historic milestone—in association with Amnesty International for their 50th anniversary. The UN Declaration, whose full text is reproduced in DIGNITY, is the most comprehensive global statement of the measures every government must enact to ensure the survival and well-being of Indigenous Peoples. It has empowered a worldwide movement of Indigenous Peoples to assert stewardship of the land, air, and water.

Gluckstein spent three decades in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific creating more than 100 black-and-white, duotone portraits that appear in DIGNITY and express the theme of "tribes in transition."

In the decade since DIGNITY first appeared in 2010, Gluckstein's concerns over the treatment of Indigenous Peoples and her commitment to fighting on their behalf have only intensified. "DIGNITY is a call to action against racism," states Gluckstein.

In the book's introduction, Native American Faithkeeper Oren R. Lyons reveals the roots of racism in the medieval Catholic Church and its Doctrine of Discovery that condemned Indigenous Peoples as subhuman to be treated like animals—a justification to steal land and enslave the inhabitants.

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Published by powerHouse Books, 2020

Hardcover, 144 pages, 9.25 × 11 inches

ISBN: 978-1-57-687922-1