Principles of Tsawalk

SKU: 9780774821261

E. Richard Umeek Atleo
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nuuchahnulth, Pacific NW
Book Type:
UBC Press
Copyright Date:

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In Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis, hereditary chief Umeek, E Richard Atleo, builds upon his previous book, Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview, to elaborate an alternative framework for responding to global environmental and political crises and to Indigenous peoples' poverty, dispossession, and displacement in the realms of education and politics. These problems, Umeek argues, stem from an historical and persistent failure to treat all peoples and life forms with respect and accord them constitutional recognition. By contrast, the Nuu-chah-nulth principles of recognition, consent, and continuity, embodied in songs, language, and ceremonies, hold the promise of achieving sustainable lifeways in this shared struggle for balance. By weaving together Nuu-chah-nulth and Western worldviews, hereditary chief Umeek creates a new philosophical foundation for building more equitable and sustainable communities. Umeek / E. Richard Atleo, a hereditary Nuu-chah-nulth chief, is a research liaison at the University of Manitoba and an associate adjunct professor at the University of Victoria.

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