Author Bio

Elizabeth Sumida Huaman (Wanka Quechua and Japanese) is associate professor of Indigenous education in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is a comparative and international Indigenous education researcher, and her work focuses on the link between Indigenous lands, languages, and cultural and educational practices in the U.S., Canada, and Peru.


This article focuses on the relationship between Indigenous places, rights, and education. In the context of the Peruvian Andes, historical ideological impositions reveal the trajectory of environmental exploitation, which have contributed to major ecological threats that collectively contribute to the aggressive re-making of the Andean world as sacrificed lands. With a focus on Quechua peoples, the link between Indigenous knowledge systems and human rights education is explored. Drawing from discourses of Indigenous rights, place, rights, and transformative human rights education, Indigenous rights education (IRE) is proposed.