Indigenous Volume

Religions of the World and Ecology Series

Indigenous Traditions and Ecology Volume

John Grim, ed.


Table of Contents


Preface Lawrence E. Sullivan
Series Foreword Mary Evelyn Tucker and John A. Grim
Introduction John A. Grim
Prologue Richard Nelson
Chapter 1 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

Chapter 2 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

Chapter 3 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”
María Elena Bernal-García

Calabash Trees and Cacti in the Indigenous Ritual Selection of Environments for Settlement in Colonial Mesoamerica”
Angel Julián García Zambrano

Warao Spiritual Ecology”
Werner Wilbert

Chapter 4 Resistance and Regeneration
“Hunting, Nature, and Metaphor: Political and Discursive Strategies in James Bay Cree Resistance and Autonomy”
Harvey A. Feit

Sovereignty, Swaraj, and Secession: 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

Chapter 5 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


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Notes on Contributors