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Indigenous Psychologies in an Era of Decolonization

  • Nuria Ciofalo
  • Co- constructs decolonial approaches to knowledge and praxis generation

  • Presents Indigenous worldviews narrated by Indigenous co-authors

  • Proposes a revolutionary academia that rejects the colonial difference


Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Mario Chambor Chanabor, Chan’Kin Chambor Chanabor, Jose Manuel Morales Vazquez, Elias Diaz Diaz
    Pages 153-172
  3. Maria Esther Velasco Garcia, Ernesto Chancayun Kin, Carlos Chambor Sanchez, Marwilio Sanchez Gomez
    Pages 187-203
  4. Ernesto Chancayun Kin, Maria Esther Velasco Garcia, Martha Chanuk Chankin, Marwilio Sanchez Gomez
    Pages 205-231
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-242

About this book


This groundbreaking volume explores the capacity of Indigenous psychologies to counter the effects of longstanding colonization on traditional cultures and habitats. It chronicles the editor’s extensive research in the Lacandon Rainforest in southern Mexico, illustrating respectful methodologies and authentic friendship—a decolonized approach by a committed scholar—and the concerted efforts of community members to preserve their history and heritage. Descriptions of collaborations among children, parents, students, and elders demonstrate the continued passing on of indigenous knowledge, culture, art, and spirituality. This richly layered narrative models cultural resilience and resistance in their transformative power to replace environmental and cultural degradation with co-existence and partnership.

Included in the coverage:

• Indigenous psychologies: a contestation for epistemic justice. 

• The ecological context and the methods of inquiry and praxes.

• Environmental impact assessment of deforestation in three communities of the Lacandon Rainforest.

• Public policy development for community and ecological wellbeing. 

• Oral history, legends, myths, poetry, and images.   

With stirring examples to inspire future practices and policies, Indigenous Psychologies in an Era of Decolonization will take its place as a bedrock text for indigenous psychology and community psychology researchers. It speaks needed truths as the world comes to grips with pressing issues of environmental preservation, restorative justice for marginalized peoples, and the waging of peace over conflict.


Indigenous Psychologies Lacandon Maya indigenous empowerment decolonial psychology cultural-religious empowerment academic-community partnerships ecological and cultural justice indigenous ways of knowing and being indigenous agency

Editors and affiliations

  • Nuria Ciofalo
    • 1
  1. 1.West HillsUSA

About the editors

Nuria Ciofalo is co-Chair and Professor of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Born in Mexico, she gained her B.A. and first M.A. in Clinical and Social Psychology in Germany where she specialized in psychoanalytic theories. Her M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and Ph.D. in Community Psychology at the University of Hawaii immersed her in the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement and healing practices. She has worked with Indigenous communities in Hawaii, Northern, Central, and Southern Mexico for more than 30 years. She teaches Indigenous psychologies centering Indigenous wisdom, cosmologies, and healing practices in academic curricula.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Indigenous Psychologies in an Era of Decolonization
  • Editors Nuria Ciofalo
  • Series Title International and Cultural Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.,Cultural Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-04821-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-04822-8
  • Series ISSN 1571-5507
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-7984
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 242
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 49 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cross Cultural Psychology
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