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Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability


Part of New Directions in Sustainability and Society

Daniel Shilling, Gregory Cajete, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Kyle Powys Whyte, Simon Ortiz, Jeannette Armstrong, Joan McGregor, Michael Paul Nelson, John A. Vucetich, Dennis Martinez, Priscilla Settee, Linda Hogan, Rachel Wolfgramm, Chellie Spiller, Carla Houkamau, Manuke Henare, Rebecca Tsosie, Melissa K. Nelson
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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428569

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  • This book examines the importance of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and how it can provide models for a time-tested form of sustainability needed in the world today. The essays, written by a team of scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, explore TEK through compelling cases of environmental sustainability from multiple tribal and geographic locations in North America and beyond. Addressing the philosophical issues concerning indigenous and ecological knowledge production and maintenance, they focus on how environmental values and ethics are applied to the uses of land. Grounded in an understanding of the profound relationship between biological and cultural diversity, this book defines, interrogates, and problematizes, the many definitions of traditional ecological knowledge and sustainability. It includes a holistic and broad disciplinary approach to sustainability, including language, art, and ceremony, as critical ways to maintain healthy human-environment relations.

    • Offers a diversity of Indigenous voices and cases on the topic of sustainability
    • Challenges standard approaches to sustainability with more cultural and pragmatic solutions
    • Proposes a holistic ecophilosophy of indigenous sustainability
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    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428569
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction to Key Concepts and Questions:
    1. Introduction: the soul of sustainability Daniel Shilling
    2. Native science and sustaining indigenous communities Gregory Cajete
    3. Wingaashk Kenomagwen, 'the lessons of grass': restoring reciprocity with the good green earth Robin Wall Kimmerer
    4. What do 'indigenous knowledges concepts' do for Indigenous peoples? Kyle Powys Whyte
    Part II. Bedrock: Toward A Kincentric Ethic:
    5. Indigenous sustainability: language, community wholeness, and solidarity Simon Ortiz
    6. A single strand: the Nsyilxcin speaking people's Tmixw knowledge as a model for sustaining a life-force-place Jeannette Armstrong
    7. Towards a philosophical understanding of TEK and ecofeminism Joan McGregor
    8. Wolves and ravens, science and ethics: traditional ecological knowledge meets long-term ecological research Michael Paul Nelson and John A. Vucetich
    Part III. Extended Web: Land Care Practices and Plant and Animal Relationships:
    9. Redefining sustainability through kincentric ecology: reclaiming Indigenous lands, knowledge, and ethics Dennis Martinez
    10. Indigenous food sovereignty in Canada Priscilla Settee
    11. The radiant life with animals Linda Hogan
    Part IV. Global and Legal Implications of Indigenous Sustainability:
    12. Home: resistance, resilience and innovation in Māori economies of well-being Rachel Wolfgramm, Chellie Spiller, Carla Houkamau and Manuke Henare
    13. Indigenous peoples and 'cultural sustainability': the role of law and traditional knowledge Rebecca Tsosie
    14. Conclusion: back in our tracks – embodying kinship as if the future mattered Melissa K. Nelson.

  • Editors

    Melissa K. Nelson, San Francisco State University
    Melissa K. Nelson is an ecologist and indigenous scholar-activist. She is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University. Since 1993, she has also served as the president of The Cultural Conservancy. She is the editor of Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future (2008) and is an active media-maker, having produced several documentary short films.

    Daniel Shilling, Arizona State University
    Daniel Shilling worked at Arizona Humanities from 1994 until 2003, the last fourteen years as executive director, during which he developed award-winning environmental history/ethics projects. He is the author of Civic Tourism (2007) and earned the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award from Arizona State University.


    Daniel Shilling, Gregory Cajete, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Kyle Powys Whyte, Simon Ortiz, Jeannette Armstrong, Joan McGregor, Michael Paul Nelson, John A. Vucetich, Dennis Martinez, Priscilla Settee, Linda Hogan, Rachel Wolfgramm, Chellie Spiller, Carla Houkamau, Manuke Henare, Rebecca Tsosie, Melissa K. Nelson

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