Otter's Journey through Indigenous Language and Law

Lindsay Keegitah Borrows

  • Published: 2018. Paperback October 2018
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Law
  • Bibliographic information: 236 pp., 5 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Indigenous languages and laws need bodies to live in. When we bring language back to life, it becomes a medium for developing human relationships. Likewise, when laws are written on people's hearts, they are truly revitalized. Otter's Journey employs Anishinaabe storytelling to explore how Indigenous language revitalization can inform Indigenous legal revitalization. In this book, Otter journeys across the globe to compare Indigenous struggles toward self-determination. This journey reveals that the processes, philosophies, and standards of decision making held within Indigenous languages and laws can emerge from the layers of nation-state laws, policies, and language to guide contemporary life.
Lindsay Keegitah Borrows is a staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver. She is Anishinaabe and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation in Ontario.

1. Place Where the Land Narrows / Neyaashiinigmiing
2. Our Land / Nunavut
3. Land of the Long White Cloud / Aotearoa
4. Place of Learning / Gabe gikendaasoowigamig
5. The Salish Sea / Mayagi Anishinaabe Kichi Gaming
6. Sky Tinted Waters / Minnesota
7. Return Home / Giiwe