Over the last century, the number of states in the world has doubled,
while the number of governments has remained roughly the same. Many of
these new states represent administrative units of colonial empires,
that unfortunately do not correspond with original political realities.
As such, the enduring aboriginal nations incorporated into empires and
the states that emerged in their aftermath continue to represent the
only natural political entities.
These political entities,
belatedly recognized by the United Nations and most of its member
states, have seen empires come and go, from precolonial Inca and Mali,
to Roman, British and Soviet. Throughout these powerful exchanges,
original nations like Basque, Ogoni and Cherokee have learned much about
scale and authenticity, which relates to political endurance, diversity
Perhaps the greatest lesson they learned is that small is beautiful.
The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.access here