Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community

Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community

by John A. Grim
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0945454279

ISBN-13: 9780945454274

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Harvard University Press

A new perspective on religions and the environment emerges from this collection. The authors, a diverse group of indigenous and non-native scholars and environmental activists, address compelling and urgent questions facing indigenous communities as they struggle with threats to their own sovereignty, increased market and media globalization, and the conservation of

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A new perspective on religions and the environment emerges from this collection. The authors, a diverse group of indigenous and non-native scholars and environmental activists, address compelling and urgent questions facing indigenous communities as they struggle with threats to their own sovereignty, increased market and media globalization, and the conservation of endangered bioregions. Drawing attention to the pressures threatening indigenous peoples and ways of life, this volume describes modes of resistance and regeneration by which communities maintain a spiritual balance with larger cosmological forces while creatively accommodating current environmental, social, economic, and political changes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780945454274
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Religions of the World and Ecology Series, #6
Pages:
824
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

  • Preface Lawrence F. Sullivan
  • Series Foreword Mary Evelyn Tucker and John A. Grim
  • Introduction John A. Grim
  • Prologue Richard Nelson
  • Maps of Indigenous Peoples


Fragmented Communities
  • Intellectual Property Rights and the Sacred Balance: Some Spiritual Consequences from the Commercialization of Traditional Resources Darrell Addison Posey
  • Contextualizing the Environmental Struggle Tom Greaves
  • In the Eye of the Storm: Tribal Peoples of India Pradip Prabhu
  • Shoot the Horse to Get the Rider: Religion and Forest Politics in Bentian Borneo Stephanie Fried


Complex Cosmologies
  • Nature and Culture: Problematic Concepts for Native Americans Jack D. Forbes
  • Local Knowledges, Global Claims: On the Significance of Indigenous Ecologies in Sarawak, East Malaysia J. Peter Brosius
  • Is Indigenous Spiritual Ecology Just a New Fad? Reflections on the Historical and Spiritual Ecology of Hawai'i Leslie E. Sponsel
  • The Road to Heaven: Jakaltek Maya Beliefs, Religion, and the Ecology Victor D. Montejo
  • Tapu, Mana, Mauri, Hau, Wairua: A Mäori Philosophy of Vitalism and Cosmos Manuka Henare


Embedded Worldviews
  • The Sacred Egg: Worldview, Ecology, and Development in West Africa Ogbu U. Kalu
  • Melanesian Religion, Ecology, and Modernization in Papua New Guinea Simeon B. Namunu
  • Interface between Traditional Religion and Ecology among the Igorots Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
  • Religion, Ritual, and Agriculture among the Present-Day Nahua of Mesoamerica Javier Galicia Silva
  • The Life and Bounty of the Mesoamerican Sacred Mountain Maria Elena Bernal-Garcia
  • Calabash Trees and Cacti in the Indigenous Ritual Selection of Environments for Settlement in Colonial Mesoamerica Angel Julian Garcia Zambrano
  • Warao Spiritual Ecology Werner Wilbert


Resistance and Regeneration
  • Hunting, Nature, and Metaphor: Political and Discursive Strategies in James Bay Cree Resistance and Autonomy Harvey A. Feit
  • Sovereignty and Swaraj: Adivasi Encounters with Modernity and Majority Smitu Kothari
  • Respecting the Land: Religion, Reconciliation, and Romance—An Australian Story Diane Bell
  • Kumarangk: The Survival of a Battered People Tom Trevorrow and Ellen Trevorrow
  • Contemporary Native American Responses to Environmental Threats in Indian Country Tirso A. Gonzales and Melissa K. Nelson


Liberative Ecologies
  • A Guest on the Table: Ecology from the Yup'ik Eskimo Point of View Ann Fienup-Riordan
  • Learning from Ecological Ethnicities: Toward a Plural Political Ecology of Knowledge Pramod Parajuli
  • Changing Habits, Changing Habitats: Melanesian Environmental Knowledge Mary N. MacDonald
  • Indigenous Education and Ecology: Perspectives of an American Indian Educator Gregory Cajete
  • Andean Cosmovision and the Nurturing of Biodiversity Julio Valladolid and Frédérique Apffel-Marglin

  • Select Bibliography
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index

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