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Indigenous Traditions and Ecology

Indigenous Traditions and Ecology

The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community

Edited by John A. Grim

ISBN 9780945454281

Publication date: 07/15/2001

A new perspective on religions and the environment emerges from this collection. The authors, a diverse group of indigenous and non-native scholars and environmental activists, address compelling and urgent questions facing indigenous communities as they struggle with threats to their own sovereignty, increased market and media globalization, and the conservation of endangered bioregions.

Drawing attention to the pressures threatening indigenous peoples and ways of life, this volume describes modes of resistance and regeneration by which communities maintain a spiritual balance with larger cosmological forces while creatively accommodating current environmental, social, economic, and political changes.


  • Contributors to the present volume offer myriad examples that demonstrate ways in which the ancient cosmologies of indigenous traditions are understood as a totality of belief, imagination, and sustainable practices describing a community's relationship to the land. There are in indigenous lifeways no sheltered and isolating constructs that separate religion from nature. Some essays explore the implications of this intimate knowing of one's place for policy makers and activists of the world. Several writers pose "liberative" ecological strategies grounded in indigenous epistemologies. Recommended.

    —L. De Danaan, Choice


  • John A. Grim is Senior Lecturer, Yale Divinity School.

Book Details

  • 824 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Center for the Study of World Religions