downstream: reimagining water

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Dorothy Christian, Rita Wong
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Feb 24, 2017 - Nature - 307 pages

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.



Contexts for Knowing and Unknowing Water
A Response to Pascua Lama
Water and Knowledge
Excerpts from a childs fable
From Our Homelands to the Tar Sands
Nishnaabekwewag Speaking for the Water
Relationships and Responsibilities
Meaning in Movement
A Conversation with Water
Ice RecedingBooks Reseeding
Coastal Waters in Distress from Excessive Nutrients
A HydroEutopia
Water for Itself UnSettler Responsibilities
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About the author (2017)

Dorothy Christian is a visual storyteller from the Secwepemc and Syilx Nations of British Columbia. She is a Ph. D. candidate at UBC’s Department of Educational Studies and currently writing her dissertation “Gathering Knowledge: Visual Storytellers & Indigenous Storywork.” Publications include chapters in Thinking with Water (Chen et al., eds., 2013) and Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation Through the Lens of Cultural Diversity (Mathur et al., eds., 2011).

Rita Wong has written four books of poetry: undercurrent (2015), forage (2007, awarded the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and Canada Reads Poetry 2011), sybil unrest (with Larissa Lai, 2008), and monkeypuzzle (1998). She teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, on the unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, where she learns from water.

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