Environmental Stewardship and Agency: Indigenous activism partnered with Place

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group, Ethics, Justice, and Human Rights Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 4:55 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Governors Square 14, Sheraton, Concourse Level
Organizers: Katie Grote, Soren Larsen, Jay Johnson
Chairs: Soren Larsen

Call for Submissions

Stewardship of the environment is at its heart, "an ethical and moral act that engages in the interrelated reciprocities of place" (Larsen and Johnson, 2017). Settler-state hegemony frequently disrupts the relationships between water, plants, animals and humans, interrupting the reciprocities upon which we all rely through policies that privilege human desires over the needs of non-humans. By recognizing the agency of place to call all into a messy entangled coexistence, Indigenous peoples are being called to defend our relatives and the places in which we all live.

While the environmental movement is growing and some governments are beginning to adopt more eco-friendly policies, Indigenous peoples and their worldviews are consistently left out of the decision-making process. Within settler-states, the relationship that Indigenous peoples have with place is continually questioned, ridiculed, and/or disregarded by government structures. Therefore, Indigenous peoples must adopt unique forms of activism to amplify their voices and to confront settler-state colonialism in and through place.

We invite papers with frameworks, analyses, or case studies that include, but are not limited to:

- Indigenous relationships with place
- Indigenous environmental activism
- Communicating Indigenous perspective to non-Indigenous audiences
- Decolonizing environmental policy
- Improving Indigenous leadership in creating environmental policy

If interested in participating, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words and your personal identification number (received from the AAG after registering online at www.aag.org) to the organizers Katie Grote (katie.grote@ku.edu), Jay T. Johnson (jaytjohnson@ku.edu) and Soren Larsen (larsens@missouri.edu) by October 26, 2019.

Participants from all backgrounds, career stages, and sub-disciplines are encouraged to participate and attend.


Description

Stewardship of the environment is at its heart, "an ethical and moral act that engages in the interrelated reciprocities of place" (Larsen and Johnson, 2017). Settler-state hegemony frequently disrupts the relationships between water, plants, animals and humans, interrupting the reciprocities upon which we all rely through policies that privilege human desires over the needs of non-humans. By recognizing the agency of place to call all into a messy entangled coexistence, Indigenous peoples are being called to defend our relatives and the places in which we all live.

While the environmental movement is growing and some governments are beginning to adopt more eco-friendly policies, Indigenous peoples and their worldviews are consistently left out of the decision-making process. Within settler-states, the relationship that Indigenous peoples have with place is continually questioned, ridiculed, and/or disregarded by government structures. Therefore, Indigenous peoples must adopt unique forms of activism to amplify their voices and to confront settler-state colonialism in and through place.

We invite papers with frameworks, analyses, or case studies that include, but are not limited to:

- Indigenous relationships with place
- Indigenous environmental activism
- Communicating Indigenous perspective to non-Indigenous audiences
- Decolonizing environmental policy
- Improving Indigenous leadership in creating environmental policy


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Katie Grote*, University of Kansas, Cultural Crossroads in the Wakarusa Wetlands: Perspectives of the South Lawrence Trafficway Environmental Assessment Process 15 4:55 PM
Presenter Soren Larsen*, University of Missouri, Decolonizing Higher Education in the Spirit of Place 15 5:10 PM
Presenter Jacob Shell*, Temple University, Hill Knowledge and the Half-Wild State: Elephant Stewardship in the Kachin-Arunachal Region of the Indo-Burmese Borderlands 15 5:25 PM
Presenter Marc Dadigan*, University of California - Davis, "Salmon Die, We Die" - The Run4Salmon as an Indigenous-Centered Conservation Movement 15 5:40 PM
Presenter Jay Johnson*, University of Kansas, Natasha Chenot, University of Kansas, Crossing Boundaries: Using art to create an ecological campaign 15 5:55 PM

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