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Being Together in Place: Indigenous Coexistence in a More Than Human World

Being Together in Place: Indigenous Coexistence in a More Than Human World

by Soren C. Larsen, Jay T. Johnson

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Being Together in Place explores the landscapes that convene Native and non-Native people into sustained and difficult negotiations over their radically different interests and concerns. Grounded in three sites—the Cheslatta-Carrier traditional territory in British Columbia; the Wakarusa Wetlands in northeastern Kansas; and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Aotearoa/New Zealand—this book highlights the challenging, tentative, and provisional work of coexistence around such contested spaces as wetlands, treaty grounds, fishing spots, recreation areas, cemeteries, heritage trails, and traditional village sites. At these sites, activists learn how to articulate and defend their intrinsic and life-supportive ways of being, particularly to those who are intent on damaging or destroying these places. 

Using ethnographic research and a geographic perspective, Soren C. Larsen and Jay T. Johnson show how the communities in these regions challenge the power relations that structure the ongoing (post)colonial encounter in liberal democratic settler-states. Emerging from their conversations with activists was a distinctive sense that the places for which they cared had agency, a “call” that pulled them into dialogue, relationships, and action with human and nonhuman others. This being-together-in-place, they find, speaks in a powerful way to the vitalities of coexistence: where humans and nonhumans are working to decolonize their relationships; where reciprocal guardianship is being stitched back together in new and unanticipated ways; and where a new kind of “place thinking” is emerging on the borders of colonial power.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517902223
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 11/03/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 954,291
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Soren C. Larsen is associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Missouri. 

Jay T. Johnson is associate professor in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science at the University of Kansas. 

Daniel R. Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. He is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center.

Table of Contents



Daniel R. Wildcat


Introduction: Being-together-in-place

Part I. “The Spirit of My Ancestors:” Cheslatta Carrier Nation Traditional Territory

1. Pathways of Coexistence

2. Sacred Ground

Part II. “You Can’t Stop the Ceremonies:” The Wakarusa Wetlands

3. Ceremony Is Protest, Protest Is Ceremony

4. Reciprocal Gaurdianship

Part III. “Hikoi Ngatahi/Going Forward Together:" Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Aotearoa/New Zealand

5. Treaty Partnership

6. Manaakitanga

Conclusion: Coexistence in a More-than-human World

Appendix: The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Glossary of Maori Language Terms




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