Principles of Tsawalk

An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis

Umeek E. Richard Atleo

  • Published: 2011. Paperback 2012
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 224 pp., 3 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Tsawalk, or "one," expresses the Nuu-chah-nulth view that all living things - human, plant, and animal - form part of an integrated whole brought into harmony through constant negotiation and mutual respect. In this book, Umeek argues that contemporary environmental and political crises and the ongoing plight of indigenous peoples reflect a world out of balance, a world in which Western approaches to sustainable living are not working. Nuu-chah-nulth principles of recognition, consent, and continuity, by contrast, hold the promise of bringing greater harmony, where all life forms are treated with respect and accorded formal constitutional recognition.
Umeek (E. Richard Atleo), a hereditary Nuu-chah-nulthchief, is a research liaison at the University of Manitoba and anassociate adjunct professor at the University of Victoria. He is theauthor of Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview.

"This book is captivating, thoughtful, and startling in its clarity. It draws on the wisdom and insights of many scholars, but, most significantly, it is grounded firmly in the philosophies and origin stories of Dr. Atleo's own Nuu-chah-nulth culture, representative of countless Indigenous philosophical approaches to life .. and it points to a different pathway that can lead to greater understanding, greater empathy, and stronger connections with each other and with all the other life forms with whom we share this planet."
-Nancy Turner, Distinguished Professor, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria



1 Wikii
Things Are Not in Balance, Things Are Not in

2 Mirrors and

3 Genesis of
Global Crisis

4 The
Nuu-chah-nulth Principle of Recognition

5 The
Nuu-chah-nulth Principle of Consent

6 The
Nuu-chah-nulth Principle of Continuity