#INDG2015 Fall Term Course Public site

Welcome to INDG 2015: Indigenous Ecological Ways of Knowing (Fall Term 2020)


Welcome to the public version of the course INDG 2015: Indigenous Ecological Ways of Knowing, running through the Fall term at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Every week I will upload public versions of the course materials. You are welcome to join in and read along with whatever course texts you have the capacity to access throughout the term. You are welcome to share your reflections on the materials and concepts explored in the course using the hashtag #INDG2015 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I am so excited to have you join us as we explore Indigenous relationships to the environment.

Week 1: September 9 (class cancelled for Scholar Strike for Black Lives)

Background information for the course

Week 2: September 16: human-environmental relations, environmental racism, colonization, and Indigenous Studies, an introduction

Braiding Sweetgrass, Chapter 1: “Planting Sweetgrass” (Skywoman Falling, Council of Pecans, The Gift of Strawberries, An Offering, Asters and Goldenrod)

Newkirk, Vann R. 2016. “Fighting Environmental Racism in North Carolina”. The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/fighting-environmental-racism-in-north-carolina

Jacobs, Beverley. 2010. “Environmental Racism on Indigenous Lands and Territories”. https://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/papers-2010/Jacobs.pdf

Week 3: September 23 –Indigenous ecological ways of knowing, North America

 • Braiding Sweetgrass–Chapter 2 “Tending Sweetgrass” (Learning the Grammar of Animacy, Maple Sugar Moon, Witch Hazel)

 • Watts, Vanessa. 2013. Indigenous Place‐Thought and Agency amongst Humans and Non-‐humans (First Woman and Sky Woman go on a European Tour!). DIES: Decolonization, Indigeneity, Education and Society 2(1): 20–34 https://jps.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/des/article/view/19145 

• Reo N (2019) Inawendiwin and Relational Accountability in Anishnaabeg Studies: The Crux of the Biscuit. Journal of Ethnobiology 39(1): 65-75.

Week 4: September 30 — Indigenous ecological ways of knowing, North America (Part 2)

• Braiding Sweetgrass—Chapter 2, “Tending Sweetgrass”: A Mother’s Work, The Consolation of Water Lillies

• Manuel, George. 2019 [1974]. “Mutual dependence”. In Fourth World: An Indian Reality. University of Minnesota Press. 

• Little Bear, Leroy. 2000. “Jagged Worldviews Colliding”. http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/aswt/worldviews/documents/jagged_worldviews_colliding.pdf

•Ebron, Paulla. 1998. “Enchanted Memories of Regional Difference in African American Culture”.
American Anthropologist 100 (1):94-105. https://www.jstor.org/stable/682811?seq=1

Week 4 links:





Week 5 October 7 – Indigenous ecological knowledges: South America 

• Braiding Sweetgrass, Chapter 3, “Picking Sweetgrass”: Allegiance to Gratitude, Epiphany in the Beans, The Three Sisters

 • Valencia, Robert. 2019. “Francia Márquez, Renowned Afro-Colombian Activist: What Environmental Racism Means To Me”. EarthJustice. https://earthjustice.org/blog/2019-august/francia-m-rquez-renowned-afro-colombian-activist-what-environmental-racism-means-to-me

• Painter, L. and R. Wallace. 2017. “On Our Lands: Indigenous Bolivians Take Control Of Their Forests”. https://e360.yale.edu/features/on-our-lands-indigenous-bolivians-take-control-of-their-forests

• de la Cadena, M. (2015) “Uncommoning nature” in e-flux August 2015. http://supercommunity.e-flux.com/texts/uncommoning-nature/

Week 5 Links:

Thanksgiving Address:



The Three Sisters:


Indigenous Plant Diva (film by Kamala Todd, featuring Cease Wyss)



Week 6 – October 14: Introduction to Environmental Knowledges in The Caribbean and the TransAtlantic 

 October 14: Introduction to Environmental Knowledges in The Caribbean and the TransAtlantic

Sharpe, Christina. 2016. “The Ship, Chapter 2 (pp.25-67) in In the Wake: On Blackness and Being. Duke University Press.

Lethabo King, Tiffany. 2019. “Introduction”. Pp. 1-35 in The Black Shoals. Duke University Press. Available for free online: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Assets/PubMaterials/978-1-4780-0636-7_601.pdf

Vaughn, Sarah. 2017. “Disappearing Mangroves: The Epistemic Politics of Climate Adaptation in Guyana.”  Cultural Anthropology 32(2): 441-467.

Week 6 video links:


Roundtable in honour of Dr. Sharpe’s work:


Video about Guyana Mangrove Restoration work (for activity at end of class):


Week 7 – October 21: Introduction to Environmental Knowledges in Asia

Braiding Sweetgrass, Chapter 3, “Picking Sweetgrass” (pp. 141-174) update: the page numbers don’t correspond in all versions of the book so I’ll start listing sections instead:  Wisgak Gokpenagen, Mishkos Kenomagwen, Maple Nation

 Rubis JM and Theriault N (2019) Concealing Protocols: Conservation, Indigenous Survivance, and the Dilemmas of Visibility. Social and Cultural Geography. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2019.1574882. 

Paredes, Oona. 2016. “Rivers of Memory and Oceans of Difference in the Lumad World of Mindanao,” TRaNS: Trans -Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia 4(2): 329-349.

Viewing of “One Night in Bhopal” (documentary) link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=rJg19W8x_Ls&ab_channel=PatrickMcClelland

Links for Week 7

Interview with Gerald Vizenor:


Vizenor Talk

Dr. June Rubis and Dr. Noah Theriault Talk:

Dr. Oona Paredes Talk:

Wisgaak Gokpenagen:

Week 9 Introduction to Environmental Knowledges in Sápmi + Siberia

  • Braiding Sweetgrass, Chapter 3, “Picking Sweetgrass” (The Honorable Harvest, In the Footsteps of Nanabozho)
  • Brightman, Marc, Grotti, Vanessa, and Olga Ulturgasheva. 2006. “Introduction: Rethinking the “Frontier” in Amazonia and Siberia: Extractive economies, Indigenous politics, and social transfor- mations”. The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology Vol. 26, No. 2 (2006/2007), pp. 1-12 (available for free download with JSTOR): https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/ introduction-rethinking-the-frontier-in-amazonia-and-siberia-extractive-economies-indigenous-poli- tics-and-social-transformations(6141994c-8ebe-41b4-b871-ce9b8a5140bf).html
  • Vidal, John. 2016. “Sami reindeer herders battle conservationists and miners to cling on to Arctic culture”. The Observer. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/feb/21/sami-peo- ple-reindeer-herders-arctic-culture
  • Ulturgasheva, O. & Bodenhorn, B., 13 Jun 2017, “Climate Strategies: Thinking through Arctic Exam- ples”. In : Royal Society of London. Proceedings A. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sci- ences. 375, 20160363, p. 1-13 13 p., 375: 20160363. https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/ files/55185524/Climate_Strategies_final_published_version.pdf

Week 9 LINKS: