This paper argues that the struggle for Indigenous rights is in transition and that new paradigms are arising. There is a growing sense that the well-established legal and political approaches of fighting for “recognition” have become stalled, and a politics of enactment as a community-based alternative is now emerging. Creative expressions of sovereignty, through dance, song, and other performative forms have emerged as a potent way to shift the discourse of rights away from a politics of recognition and towards one of enactment. In Lee Maracle’s “Goodbye Snauq,” a vision of an embodied, sensory-driven practice of sovereignty makes possible a more open-ended and critically informed conception of Indigenous rights in a time of change.
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