Tribute from a Scottish Maori

Only economies built on love will change the world


Galgael, The secret heart of Glasgow.
by Makere Stewart-Harawira.

There’s an edginess to Glasgow they say, and from the vantage point of Starbucks on the corner of West Nile and Sauchiehall Streets, I’d agree. In fact from the vantage point of three or four short visit over the last 10 years, and for all the place in my heart that Edinburgh will forever hold, I’d still agree.
Downtown Sauchiehall Street is not only a far cry from Princess Street’s tat in Edinburgh, its cleaner too. Remnants of the once thriving slave trade on the River Clyde are hard to find, at least on the surface. The workers of the 21st century are tucked safely into their tenement buildings living, its hoped, productive lives as ‘good citizens’, which in today’s lingo means contributing to the economy by holding a job.
Bustling with culture high and low, Glasgow prides itself on being…

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About Makere

A transplanted New Zealand Scots/Maori academic/grandmother/random singer and sometime activist, my life is shaped by a deep conviction of the necessity for active critical engagement in the multi-faceted global and local crises of being and survival of species that confront us in the 21st century, the urgency of re-visioning the meaning of thriving together, and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge systems to a truly sustainable and just global society.
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