Principles of Tsawalk
An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis
Umeek / E. Richard Atleo
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- Published: July 2012
- Subject Listing: Native American Studies, Environmental Studies
- Bibliographic information: 220 pp., 3 illus., 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
- Distributed for: UBC Press
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-nulth chief, is a research liaison at the University of Manitoba and an associate adjunct professor at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview.