National parks and other preserved spaces of nature have become iconic symbols of nature protection around the world. However, the worldviews of Indigenous peoples have been marginalized in discourses of nature preservation and conservation. As a result, for generations of Indigenous peoples, these protected spaces of nature have meant dispossession, treaty violations of hunting and fishing rights, and the loss of sacred places.
Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature brings together anthropologists and archaeologists, historians, linguists, policy experts, and communications scholars to discuss differing views and presents a compelling case for the possibility of more productive discussions on the environment, sustainability, and nature protection. Drawing on case studies from Scandinavia to Latin America and from North America to New Zealand, the volume challenges the old paradigm where Indigenous peoples are not included in the conservation and protection of natural areas and instead calls for the incorporation of Indigenous voices into this debate.
This original and timely edited collection offers a global perspective on the social, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges facing Indigenous peoples and their governmental and NGO counterparts in the co-management of the planet’s vital and precious preserved spaces of nature.
Rani-Henrik Andersson is Senior University Lecturer of North American Studies at the University of Helsinki and the Principal Investigator of HUMANA—Human Migration and Network Analysis: Developing New Research Methods for the Study of Human Migration and Social Change.
Boyd Cothran is Associate Professor of History at York University and the co-Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Saara Kekki is a Postdoctoral Researcher in North American Studies at the University of Helsinki.
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Summary: This book provides very up-to-date information regarding the historical events since the beginning of colonial times, which have shaped the relationships between indigenous communities and nation states or other non-indigenous actors.
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Andersson, R et al. (eds.) 2021. Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature: Indigenous People and Protected Spaces of Nature. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/AHEAD-1
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Published on Dec. 16, 2021