Indigenous art and sovereignty inspiring change against environmental degradation

Castro-Koshy, Estelle, and Le Roux, Geraldine (2020) Indigenous art and sovereignty inspiring change against environmental degradation. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 19 (1). pp. 1-27.

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Abstract

This special issue on "Environmental Artistic Practices and Indigeneity: In(ter)ventions, Recycling, Sovereignty" constitutes a body of creative contributions and academic articles addressing numerous forms of artistic practices of the Pacific Islands, Australia, French Guiana, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. Inspired by Indigenous artists and writers whose practices and creativity help reimagine sustainable ways to inhabit the world, this introduction and our special issue interrogate contemporary environmental issues and the legacy of colonisation. They examine how Indigenous artists and writers, and artists working with Indigenous artists and communities, have for decades raised awareness about environmental issues, and encouraged people to regain their agency to struggle against environmental degradation and further destruction of Indigenous people's societies and health. This introduction contextualises the concepts and Indigenous terms used by artists to express their vision of what a respectful relationship with the environment would be. It also offers readings of the beautiful literary and artistic creative contributions included in this issue. Environmental themes such as waste recycling, health issues, pollutants (mercury, POPs), and agricultural technics are discussed here in light of human and non--human life and agency. This issue also features a significant range of calls for action to better protect and restore ecosystems.

Item ID: 67315
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: Art, Asia--Pacific, Caribbean, French guiana, Indigenous, Oceans, Pollution, Rivers, Sovereignty
Copyright Information: © 2020. This is an Open Access article distributed under the CC-BY licence.
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2023 07:07
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4519 Other Indigenous data, methodologies and global Indigenous studies > 451902 Global Indigenous studies environmental knowledges and management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1999 Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards > 199999 Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards not elsewhere classified @ 50%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210402 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connection to land and environment @ 20%
21 INDIGENOUS > 2112 Pacific Peoples heritage and culture > 211299 Pacific Peoples heritage and culture not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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