1st Edition

Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies
Conversations from Earth to Cosmos





ISBN 9781138902978
Published August 19, 2016 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

This book addresses the intersections between the interdisciplinary realms of Ecocriticism and Indigenous and Native American Studies, and between academic theory and pragmatic eco-activism conducted by multiethnic and indigenous communities. It illuminates the multi-layered, polyvocal ways in which artistic expressions render ecological connections, drawing on scholars working in collaboration with Indigenous artists from all walks of life, including film, literature, performance, and other forms of multimedia to expand existing conversations. Both local and global in its focus, the volume includes essays from multiethnic and Indigenous communities across the world, visiting topics such as Navajo opera, Sami film production history, south Indian tribal documentary, Maori art installations, Native American and First Nations science-fiction literature and film, Amazonian poetry, and many others. Highlighting trans-Indigenous sensibilities that speak to worldwide crises of environmental politics and action against marginalization, the collection alerts readers to movements of community resilience and resistance, cosmological thinking about inter- and intra-generational multi-species relations, and understandings of indigenous aesthetics and material ecologies. It engages with emerging environmental concepts such as multispecies ethnography, cosmopolitics, and trans-indigeneity, as well as with new areas of ecocritical research such as material ecocriticism, biosemiotics, and media studies. In its breadth and scope, this book promises new directions for ecocritical thought and environmental humanities practice, providing thought-provoking insight into what it means to be human in a locally situated, globally networked, and cosmologically complex world.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Simon Ortiz



Acknowledgements



Introduction: Cosmovisions, Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies



Joni Adamson and Salma Monani





Part I: Resilience





Chapter One: Negotiating the Ontological Gap: Place, Performance, and Media Art Practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand



Janine Randerson and Amanda Yates





Chapter Two: Science Fiction, Westerns, and the Vital Cosmo-ethics of The 6th World



Salma Monani





Chapter Three: Long Environmentalism: After the Listening Session



Subhankar Banerjee





Chaoter Four: Grounded in Spiritual Geography: Restoring Naabaahi in Enemy Slayer, a Navajo Oratorio



Laura Tohe





Part II: Resistance





Chapter Five: Dancing at the End of the World: The Poetics of the Body in Indigenous Protest



Janet Fiskio





Chapter Six: New Media, Activism, and Indigenous Environmental Governance: Politics and the Minnesota-Wisconsin Wolf Hunt



Clint Carroll and Angelica Lawson





Chapter Seven: Cyclical Conceptualizations of Time: Ecocritical Perspectives on Sami Film Culture



Pietari Kääpä





Chapter Eight: Resistance and Hope in Mohawk Cinema: Iroquois Cosmologies and Histories



Shelley Niro and Salma Monani





Part III: Multi-Species Relations





Chapter Nine: A "Network of Networks": Multispecies Stories and Cosmopolitical Activism in Solar Storms and People of the Feather



Yalan Chang





Chapter Ten: Tinai-Documentation as Ecocultural Ethnography: My Experience with Mudugar



Rayson Alex





Chapter Eleven: The Tangibility of Maize: Indigenous Literature, Bioart, and Violence in Mexico



Abigail Perez Aguilera





Chapter Twelve: Why Bears, Yakumama (Mother Water), and other Transformational Beings are (Still) Good to Think



Joni Adamson and Juan Carlos Galeano, with Illustrations by Solmi Angarita





List of Contributors





Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Joni Adamson is Professor of English and Environmental Humanities and Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA.





Salma Monani is Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies department at Gettysburg College, USA.