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Sustainability and the Rights of Nature in Practise
In this chapter the authors ask: How are the 'Rights of Nature' truly manifested in an indigenous contenxt? We contend that one especially illuminating example can be found in the teaching of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) people of coastal British Columbia. The Kwakwaka'wakw are among the most studied indigenous people in Americas, and are thus a key reference point, providing a rich tradition that is widely known and accessible through accounts of past anthropologists and a handful of living experts.
The authors of this article all speak from deep groundings in Kwakwaka'wakw tradition.
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Douglas Deur, Kim Recalma-Clutesi, and Clan Chief Adam Dick 2019. 'When God Put Daylight on Earth We Had One Voice': Kwakwaka'wakw Perspectives on Sustainability and the Rights of Nature. In C. LaFollette and C. Maser, eds. Sustainability and the Rights of Nature in Practise. CRC Press.