Strong Hearts Native Lands pb

SKU: 9780887557392

Anna J. Willow
Grade Levels:
Adult Education, College, University
Ojibwe, Subarctic
Book Type:
University of Manitoba Press
Copyright Date:

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In Strong Hearts, Native Lands: Anti-Clearcutting Activism at Grassy Narrows First Nation, anthropologist Anna J Willow demonstrates that Indigenous people’s decisions to take environmentally protective action cannot be understood apart from political or cultural concerns. By recounting how and why one Anishinaabe community was able to take a stand against the industrial logging that threatens their land-based subsistence and way of life, Willow offers a more complex “and more constructive” understanding of human-environment relationships. In December 2002 members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation blocked a logging road to impede the movement of timber industry trucks and equipment within their traditional territory. The Grassy Narrows blockade went on to become the longest-standing protest of its type in Canadian history. The story of the blockade is a story of convergences. It takes place where cultural, political, and environmental dimensions of Indigenous activism intersect; where history combines with current challenges and future aspirations to inspire direct action. Grassy Narrows activists have long been part of a network composed of supporters that extends across North America and beyond. This book shows how the blockade realized those connections, making this community’s efforts a model and inspiration for other Indigenous groups, environmentalists, and social justice advocates.

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