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Principles of Tsawalk

An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis

Tsawalk, or “one,” expresses the Nuu-chah-nulth view that all living things – human, plant, and animal – form part of an integrated whole brought into harmony through constant negotiation and mutual respect. In this book, Umeek argues that contemporary environmental and political crises and the ongoing plight of indigenous peoples reflect a world out of balance, a world in which Western approaches for sustainable living are not working. Nuu-chah-nulth principles of recognition, consent, and continuity, by contrast, hold the promise of bringing greater harmony, where all life forms are treated with respect and accorded formal constitutional recognition.

220 pages

Table of Contents




1 Wikiiš ca?miihta: Things Are Not in Balance, Things Are Not in Harmony

2 Mirrors and Patterns

3 Genesis of Global Crisis

4 The Nuu-chah-nulth Principle of Recognition

5 The Nuu-chah-nulth Principle of Consent

6 The Nuu-chah-nulth Principle of Continuity

7 Hahuulism



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