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A Mosaic of Indigenous Legal Thought

Legendary Tales and Other Writings, 1st Edition

By C.F. Black


180 pages

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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

Video clip

Visualizing Indigenous jurisprudence through a diverse range of narratives

The influential theories

Retribalizing the tales


A poem: Becoming history

Some words

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


Some words

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

About the Author

Dr C.F. Black,Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Griffith Center for Coastal Management, Griffith University, Australia.

About the Series

Discourses of Law

This successful and exciting series seeks to publish the most innovative scholarship at the intersection of law, philosophy and social theory. The books published in the series are distinctive by virtue of exploring the boundaries of legal thought. The work that this series seeks to promote is marked most strongly by the drive to open up new perspectives on the relation between law and other disciplines. The series has also been unique in its commitment to international and comparative perspectives upon an increasingly global legal order. Of particular interest in a contemporary context, the series has concentrated upon the introduction and translation of continental traditions of theory and law.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Environmental
LAW / Indigenous Peoples
NATURE / Ecology