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downstream - reimagining water


reimagining water

edited by Dorothy Christian & Rita Wong
Subjects Creative Writing, Indigenous Studies, Poetry, Creative Writing
Series Environmental Humanities Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771122139, 307 pages, March 2017

Table of contents

Table of Contents

Introduction | Rita Wong and Dorothy Christian

Part I: Contexts for Knowing and Unknowing Water

1. Planetary Distress Signals | Alanna Mitchell

2. Water | Lee Maracle

3. Interweaving Water: The Incremental Transformation of Sovereign Knowledge into Collaborative Knowledge | Michael D. Blackstock

4. Water and Knowledge | Astrida Neimanis

5. Excerpts from “a child’s fable” | Baco Ohama (poem) 

Part II: Water Testimonies: Witness, Worry, and Work

6. Water: The First Foundation of Life | Mona Polacca (Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa)

7. From Our Homelands to the Tar Sands | Melina Laboucan Massimo (Lubicon Cree)

8. Keepers of the Water: Nishnaabe-kwewag Speaking for the Water | Renee Elizabeth Mzinegiizhigo-kwe Bedard (Anishinaabe-kwe)

9. Water Walk Pedagogy | Violet Caibaiosai

10. “A response to Pascua Lama” | Cecilia Vicuna (poem)

Part III: Shared Ethical and Embodied Practices

11. Moving with Water: Relationship and Responsibilities | Alannah Young and Denise Marie Nadeau 

12. Bodies of Water: Meaning in Movement | Seonagh Odhiambo 

13. Upstream: Community-based Arts Practice in a Rural Community | Cathy Stubington

14. “receding/reseeding” | Basia Irland 

15. “Tsunami Chant” | Wang Ping (poem)

Part IV: A Commons for Respectful Co-existence: Water Perspectives

16. Listening to the Elders at the Keepers of the Water | Radha D’Souza 

17. Coastal Waters in Distress from Excessive Nutrients | Paul Harrison 

18. Bodies of Water: Asian Canadians In/Action with Water |Janey Lew

19. Permeable Toronto: A Hydro-Eutopia | Janine MacLeod 

20. Saturate/Dissolve: Water for Itself, Settler Responsibilities, and Radical Humility | Larissa Lai 

21. “Bring Me Back” | Janet Rogers (poem)


downstream: reimagining water brings together artists, writers, scientists, scholars, environmentalists, and activists who understand that our shared human need for clean water is crucial to building peace and good relationships with one another and the planet. This book explores the key roles that culture, arts, and the humanities play in supporting healthy water-based ecology and provides local, global, and Indigenous perspectives on water that help to guide our societies in a time of global warming. The contributions range from practical to visionary, and each of the four sections closes with a poem to encourage personal freedom along with collective care.

This book contributes to the formation of an intergenerational, culturally inclusive, participatory water ethic. Such an ethic arises from intellectual courage, spiritual responsibilities, practical knowledge, and deep appreciation for human dependence on water for a meaningful quality of life. Downstream illuminates how water teaches us interdependence with other humans and living creatures, both near and far.