#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.