The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change

by Gleb Raygorodetsky

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ISBN-13: 9781681775968
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 766,583
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Gleb Raygorodetsky is a Research Affiliate with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria and the Executive Director of the Indigenous Knowledge, Community Monitoring and Citizen Science Branch of the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division within the Department of Environment and Parks, Government of Alberta. Gleb has traversed the far corners of the world, from the Brazilian Amazon to remote corners of Siberia, documenting the challenges of sustaining our biological and cultural heritage.  When not on assignment with National Geographic, he lives in Edmonton, Canada.   All proceeds from the sale of The Archipelago of Hope will go toward  “The Archipelago of Hope Indigenous Resilience Fund,” established through Land is Life (, which will support the communities profiled in the book.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Prologue: Thousands of stories xvii

Chapter 1 Into the Wind 1

Uneasy stroll 3

Knowing the place 8

New winds 19

Chapter 2 Chancing with the Land 23

Backbone 25

Peacemaking 32

Sauna 40

Soul of salmon 44

The color of northern lights 49

The magic 55

Chapter 3 The Edge of the World 61

Toundra sea 63

Real people 65

Rain-on-snow 67

Time to kaslat' 71

Yamal or bust 75

Thawing Earth 77

Arctic heat 80

Potemkin's village 84

The road that shouldn't be there 86

Chapter 4 The Melting Tombs of Altai 93

Goat-pulling 95

Golden mountains 99

Uch-Enmek 103

Earth doctor 108

Glacial retreat 110

Melting tombs 114

Shaman's vision 120

Keeping the balance 124

Chapter 5 Pachamama's Blood 129

Blood 131

Naku 133

Children of Aritiaku 136

An Amazon 140

Yuca gardens and medicine trails 145

"Keep the oil in the ground" 152

Alcides's tale 157

Of dragons and spirits 163

Not in vain 167

Chapter 6 Swidden Honey 169

Jar of light 171

Shifting cultivation 176

Cool Earth 183

Karl Marx, poppies, and forests 192

Of Snakes and bats 198

Chapter 7 Everything is Connected 205

Survivors 207

Enchanted island 212

Ancient woods 222

Salmon people 227

Tribal parks 233

A better way 236

Chapter 8 Gifts 247

Levi the Kaa-muth 249

Land is life 252

Knowledge cocreation 256

Indigenous rights 259

Healing journey 261

Epilogue: Being a good ally 267

Sources 273

NGOs that support indigenous communities featured in the book 291

Acknowledgments 295

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“We are all Starstuff!” Renowned astronomer Carl Sagan would often remind his audiences of this. Around the same time, Navajo cultural expert and teacher Nancy Maryboy was explaining to her students that the Dene name for “star” is “my Ancient Ancestor from Whom I come.” These words, from two widely divergent traditions – science and Indigenous Knowledge – essentially convey the same information: we humans are an inextricable part of something much larger, much more complex, than we can even comprehend. We are not separate from nature, but are simply one strand of it. And, whether we admit it or not, we are totally dependent on the integrity of our biological and physical environment for our survival. In The Archipelago of Hope, Dr. Gleb Raygorodetsky conveys this message so eloquently, from the teachings, observations and wisdom of Indigenous Peoples from around the globe. He writes from his own personal experiences as well – from the time when he was a young boy, growing up on the Kamschatka Peninsula, to the times spent living and working with Indigenous knowledge holders from many different places. The Archipelago of Hope recounts many compelling stories and experiences, from the Tla-o-qui-aht Nuu-chah-nulth of the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to the Karen mountain peoples of Myanmar, to the Skolt Sami of Finland and the Sapara of Ecuador. Raygorodetsky has witnessed firsthand how Indigenous Peoples share common ways of interacting with their environments. All hold an intimate knowledge of their local lands and waters, on which they and their ancestors have depended for countless generations, and all have developed deep, spiritual connections to place and to other species, grounded in respect for the land and its history, and for the ancestors, and reflecting responsibility for the well-being of future generations. Most especially, all have shared similar experiences of ongoing environmental change. These peoples Raygorodetsky introduces us to – and other Indigenous and local peoples generally – have already been coping with and adapting to climate change for the past couple of decades. They are in the “front lines,” bearing the brunt of extreme weather events, droughts, rising temperatures, melting ice and permafrost, and deteriorating water quality, and all that these have entailed in terms of impacts on the plants and animals upon which they depend. In the face of all that they have endured, however, they have managed to survive and to maintain and even strengthen their cultures and caretaking roles, with wisdom and with vision. Their capacity for governance, planning, decision-making and resilience, even with the loss and uncertainty, is the inspiration for this book. Dr. Raygorodetsky, in sharing their stories and his own, leaves us with a feeling of hope, gratitude and determination to do what each of us can, as individuals and collectively, to reverse the damage we are doing to the earth and, working with the immense capacity of natural systems and processes, to restore what has been lost. We could not have better partners to face this task together with than the Indigenous Peoples of the world. Dr. Nancy J. Turner, OC, OBC, PhD, FRSC, FLS Professor Emeritus and 2015 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow School of Environmental Studies University of Victoria, Victoria, BC CANADA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating tour of the human side of Climate Change. In this book Gleb Raygorodetsky takes us on a global journey that illustrates the adage that may yet save the world, “Think globally and act locally.” This is the underlining theme, what can be done to make the local forest better, or the local salmon fishery cleaner even in the face of global change. We travel from the frozen tundra to the Amazonian jungle, from the rain forest of Thailand to the tribal lands of Canada to find the answer. We are taken to a myriad of places to see firsthand what the local effects of climate change are on local people in remote areas. These are people who are on the front lines, in places where climate change means life or death. “To really understand what climate change means,” the author was told “you need to spend time with us on our land.” Over several years he did just that, then he sought to bring Indigenous voices on climate change to the global audience. Now he has also brought those same voices to us the reader in the stories with which this book is laced. Here we meet muzhiki (village fishermen and hunters), a travnik ( herbalist), Tero, headman of an elders’ council (who also happens to have a PhD in human geography), Jouko (fisherman), Yura (leader of a brigade of reindeer herders), Nyadma (reindeer herder), Danil (local guide), Arzhan (Altai singer), Maria (shaman), Alcides (fisherman/hunter), Gloria (Amazonian climate change adaptor), Juan Carlos (herbalist/hunter), Phokha (village headman), Pu Nu (village healer), Joe Martin (leading pole carver), Cori and Eli (tribal park rangers), and Levi Martin (tribal elder). The lesson is clear, we must find a way to be good allies to indigenous people. The message we take away from The Archipelago of Hope is that the solution is to be found in every one of us.