We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth

We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth

We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth

We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth

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Overview

An American Library Association Notable Book

A powerful, intimate collection of conversations with Indigenous Americans on the climate crisis and the Earth’s future

Although for a great many people, the human impact on the Earth—countless species becoming extinct, pandemics claiming millions of lives, and climate crisis causing worldwide social and environmental upheaval—was not apparent until recently, this is not the case for all people or cultures. For the Indigenous people of the world, radical alteration of the planet, and of life itself, is a story that is many generations long. They have had to adapt, to persevere, and to be courageous and resourceful in the face of genocide and destruction—and their experience has given them a unique understanding of civilizational devastation.

An innovative work of research and reportage, We Are the Middle of Forever places Indigenous voices at the center of conversations about today’s environmental crisis. The book draws on interviews with people from different North American Indigenous cultures and communities, generations, and geographic regions, who share their knowledge and experience, their questions, their observations, and their dreams of maintaining the best relationship possible to all of life. A welcome antidote to the despair arising from the climate crisis, We Are the Middle of Forever brings to the forefront the perspectives of those who have long been attuned to climate change and will be an indispensable aid to those looking for new and different ideas and responses to the challenges we face.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620976692
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 04/12/2022
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 367,565
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Dahr Jamail is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq as well as The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption and (with Stan Rushworth) We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth (both from The New Press). He has won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism and the Izzy Award. He lives in Washington State.

Stan Rushworth is a teacher of Native American literature and the author of Sam Woods: American Healing, Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain, Diaspora’s Children, and (with Dahr Jamail) We Are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth (The New Press). He lives in Northern California.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Early Warnings xi

The Interviews: Editors' Note xxii

1 President Fawn Sharp 1

Strength

2 Gregg Castro 16

A Sense of Permanence

3 Ilarion Merculieff 30

Living from the Heart

4 Raquel Ramirez 48

Awareness

5 Lyla June Johnston 61

Trust

6 Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte 73

7 Terri Delahanty 96

Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine

8 Steven Pratt 108

Returning to Fire

9 Marita Hacker 124

Change

10 Shannon Rivers 140

Balance

11 Edgar Ibarra 159

Healing

12 Alexii Sigona 180

Stewardship

13 Tahnee Henningsen 193

The Courage to Remember

14 Melissa K. Nelson, PhD 210

Dispelling Delusion with Alchemy

15 Kanyon Sayers-Roods 229

Cultural Competency

16 The Honorable Ron W. Goode 247

Restoration

17 Corrina Gould 263

Recognition

18 Natalie Diaz 283

The Capacity of Language

19 Melina Laboucan-Massimo 301

Paradigm Shift

20 Medicine 315

Acknowledgments 341

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