“Indigenous peoples” as a concept of scientific and educational discourses: terminology and interpretation problems


  • Lubov’ M. Mosolova
  • Alexey V. Bondarev
  • Alexey V. Zykin


Indigenous researches, ethnoculturalintegrity, identity ethnic lifestyle, minority ethnic groups, myth construction, scientific category, concept


The paper considers a notion “minority indigenous peoples”, analyses the interpretation of terms “minority” and “indigenous” people, sets a question about using them in the scientific discourses and social-political practices. The research is aimed at analyzing a heuristic status and a practice-oriented function of these terms as scientific categories. Methods of historiographic,terminological,conceptographic and comparative analyses, which are used in the paper, problematisation andthematisationof the terms analyzed, historical-legaland historical-topologicalmethods on a specifichistorical materialshow thepermanency of the peoples’ migrationto various world regionswith their subsequentrootingon a new territoryand interaction with the peoples who came there earlier. A critical analysis of using the term “indigenous peoples” in the modern sciencesand legal documentsmade it possible to conclude that the term does not meet the criteria of a scientific notion or a category. It is often related to myth construction of national histories. In the context ofinterethnic interrelation,the term “indigenous peoples” is fraught with a conflict-generating potentialand can serve as adangerous weapon in the arsenal of radical forces and those for which their actions are
politically advantageous.




How to Cite

Lubov’ M. Mosolova, Alexey V. Bondarev, & Alexey V. Zykin. (2023). “Indigenous peoples” as a concept of scientific and educational discourses: terminology and interpretation problems. Elementary Education Online, 20(4), 227–235. Retrieved from https://ilkogretim-online.org/index.php/pub/article/view/5925