I’ve made some updates to the readings page. And there will be much more. So many books, so little time…
Yesterday, I received Eve Ensler’s new book, In the Body of the World. It looks spectacular! This got me to feeling inspired to write a book A Man’s Place… Stay tuned for that!
Making some important (and overdue) changes on my site…
For some inexplicable reason environmental and ecological issues haven’t had any pages, so I’d like to introduce vulnerable ecology! Vulnerable ecology is integrated, anti-colonial, rich with many stories (restoryed), accountable to history, open and local.
Stay tuned for much more!
I read this riff at WPC14 and got several positive responses to it. I should have read it at the Native Science conference, too, but forgot to. It’s about how I first realized that land I thought I really loved was someone else’s homeland; very tricky! It was in my dissertation, and is also in our book, Stories of decolonization, autobiography, ethnicity.
Here’s the pdf:
I was sent this conversation between David Abram and Patricia Damery. It is extraordinary, really!
The Environmental Crisis and the Psyche: A Conversation with David Abram and Patricia Damery
When I was at Pitzer College, I was struck by the fantastic student posters many of which referred to ‘classics’ in Indigenous research methods. These include the one that started it all, Smith’s ‘Decolonizing methodologies.’ Also included were Kovach’s ‘Indigenous methodologies,’ brown and strega’s ‘research as resistance‘ and Wilson’s ‘Research is ceremony.’ How funny then that I had held these in my hand a few months back and taken a picture. It was my way of saying thank you, and now all of these students were showing how profound these works were for them, as well. Thank you, again!
Piestewa Peak was mentioned in my decolonizing environmentalism workshops, in the context of how changing place names is a cultural survival (aka Indigenous rights) issue for Native peoples and is also an environmental issue. From National Native News (nativenews.net) yesterday, 4/15/13:
Today in History
Understanding the present by honoring our past…
During this month in 2008, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names voted to change Squaw Peak in Phoenix, Arizona to Piestewa Peak. The mountain was renamed in honor of Lori Piestewa. The Hopi woman died while serving in the Army in Iraq. Last month, Piestewa’s family and friends held a memorial at the peak to honor her on the 10th anniversary of her death.
The slides and flyers from WPC14 have been added here. Thanks for all of the interest and support.
As if my experience at WPC wasn’t enough, it was topped off extraordinarily at the Native Science Conference at Pitzer College. Wow! Remarkable! Incredible! So welcoming, transformative, powerful. And the students! Wow! I will post more (substantive) details, but I wanted to get this out… Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Such a wonderful, albeit much too short, time in Seattle at WPC14. Always so moved by the spirit of inclusion, learning, openness, and transformation that everyone brings. I was honored to have such wonderful participation in my sessions. And a special thanks to my co-presenter, Susan Abdul Rahman! Alas, I had to run off to a Native Science conference in LA…
Native Science: Dimensions and Dialogue