Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community

Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community

by John A. Grim
     
 

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… See more details below

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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
Series Foreword
Introduction
Prologue
Maps of Indigenous Peoples
Intellectual Property Rights and the Sacred Balance: Some Spiritual Consequences from the Commercialization of Traditional Resources3
Contextualizing the Environmental Struggle25
In the Eye of the Storm: Tribal Peoples of India47
Shoot the Horse to Get the Rider: Religion and Forest Politics in Bentian Borneo71
Nature and Culture: Problematic Concepts for Native Americans103
Local Knowledge, Global Claims: On the Significance of Indigenous Ecologies in Sarawak, East Malaysia125
Is Indigenous Spiritual Ecology Just a New Fad? Reflections on the Historical and Spiritual Ecology of Hawai'i159
The Road to Heaven: Jakaltek Maya Beliefs, Religion, and the Ecology175
Tapu, Mana, Mauri, Hau, Wairua: A Maori Philosophy of Vitalism and Cosmos197
The Sacred Egg: Worldview, Ecology, and Development in West Africa225
Melanesian Religion, Ecology, and Modernization in Papua new Guinea249
Interface between Traditional Religion and Ecology among the Igorots281
Religion, Ritual, and Agriculture among the Present-Day Nahua of Mesoamerica303
The Life and Bounty of the Mesoamerican Sacred Mountain325
Calabash Trees and Cacti in the Indigenous Ritual Selection of Environments for Settlement in Colonial Mesoamerica351
Warao Spiritual Ecology377
Hunting, Nature, and Metaphor: Political and Discursive Strategies in James Bay Cree Resistance and Autonomy411
Sovereignty and Swaraj: Adivasi Encounters with Modernity and majority453
Respecting the Land: Religion, Reconciliation, and Romance - An Australian Story465
Kumarangk: The Survival of a Battered People485
Contemporary Native American Responses to Environmental Threats in Indian Country495
A Guest on the Table: Ecology from the Yup'ik Eskimo Point of View541
Learning from Ecological Ethnicities: Toward a Plural Political Ecology of Knowledge559
Changing Habits, Changing Habitats: Melanesian Environmental Knowledge591
Indigenous Education and Ecology: Perspectives of an American Indian Educator619
Andean Cosmovision and the Nurturing of Biodiversity639
Select Bibliography671
Notes on Contributors713
Index721

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