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Community development through indigenous leadership

by Dennis Olson

Reprinted from Notes on Anthropology and Intercultural Community Work 18:30-37
© 1995 Summer Institute of Linguistics


Indigenous leadership holds a vital key to development for its people and it faces a tremendous challenge. It is their responsibility to help their people understand the pressures felt in their struggle to assimilate things from the dominant culture into the traditional culture and to enter into the national economy. As outsiders, we can introduce new things and help in the change process, but the consequences of decisions made and actions taken do not affect us in the same way as they do the people with whom we work. The leadership deserves great respect and all of the help we can give them to enable them to be successful.