A Mosaic of Indigenous Legal Thought
Legendary Tales and Other Writings
This book offers an Indigenous supplement to the rich and growing area of visual legal scholarship. Organized around three narratives, each with an associated politico-poetic reading, the book addresses three major global issues: climate change, the trade in human body parts and bio-policing. Manifesting and engaging the traditional storytelling mode of classical Indigenous ontology, these narratives convey legal and political knowledge, not merely through logical argument, but rather through the feelings of law and the understanding of lawful behaviour produced by their rhythm. Through its own performativity, therefore, the book demonstrates how classical Indigenous legal traditions remain vital to the now pressing challenge of making peace with the earth.
Table of Contents
A poem: The originals
Visualizing Indigenous jurisprudence through a diverse range of narratives
The influential theories
Retribalizing the tales
A poem: Becoming history
The Wind Watchers’ tale: Skinned alive
A poem: So very different from us
Native women and healing the neglected rights of the land
Some words: The story of Wibari
The Wind Watchers’ Tale: Wibari and the Rogue Protectors
A poem: In search of immortality
Modern cannibalism: The trade in human body parts
A poem: An ode to the children of Guatemala
The Wind Watchers’ Tale: Bringers of the Red Dust
A poem: In search of immortality (an ode to the scientist)
The insidious disease of securitization biosecurity: Bats and badgers at large!
A poem: To the little people
In conclusion: Some reflective thoughts
Dr C.F. Black, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Griffith Center for Coastal Management, Griffith University, Australia.