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“Indigenize” by getting close to the land we’re born of – How’s that?! 🙂

The question now, is,

  • Knowing that paradigms like the one mapped by Siobhan Senier (2013) existed,
  • whereby dichotomies around alternative gender, human/nature, and now “dis-ability”
  • did not tear the social fabric,
  • how do we, situated in “developed” countries, can best stitch our societies up?

It may be an oldie for some, but Dr Devra Davis’s 2010 book & audio recording is worth the read-listen. Its longish title is its annotation


The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation and Your Health,

what the Industry has Done to Hide it, and

What You Can Do to Protect your Family, Line

If not the whole book, give a listen/watch to YouTube 1h vid of June 30 212 talk @ National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):

Or check out the transcript of a public talk in 2012

Just to give you a taste of ways in which 1st nations human/natural world knowledge(s) can be of enduring value, I’m copying below an announcement from the FNHL list:

Thursday, July 18th: Medicine Harvesting Workshop

The UBC Institute for Aboriginal Health (IAH) is hosting a Medicine Harvesting Workshop at the Institute for Aboriginal Health Garden at the UBC Farm. Come learn about harvesting medicine plants and help prepare them for a medicinal salve-making workshop later in the spring. To cover the costs of supplies, participants are asked to bring a donation of $5-20, sliding scale based on what you can afford. If you have any questions about this or concerns about accessibility, please contact Hannah Lewis (see below). Come dressed for the weather, and bring a lunch or snack. No experience necessary!

Space is limited, so please RSVP to:

Thursday, July 18th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Institute for Aboriginal Health Garden
3461 Ross Drive

Came across a book I found really, really useful and rewarding to read. Especially the legal side of things–very detailed and clear. The promises and dangers of biotechnologies unavoidably echo those of human industrial “progress” in the context of the climate change “problem.” So working on a review:

Revised: Dec 27, 2011 Again: Jan 7, 2012

Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies, Systems, Technologies.
By Neil Gerlach, Sheryl N. Hamilton, Rebecca Sullivan, and Priscilla L. Walton.

Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. 216 pp.
ISBN: 9780802099839 (bound); ISBN: 9780802096838 (pbk.).

Co-authored by four versatile scholars, Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies, Systems, Technologies makes a delightfully fluid read, which is as gratifying as it is analytically demanding … The analysis expressly foregrounds the Canadian context, but also situates the processes under investigation internationally.

In reviewing key aspects of the book’s discursive terrain this essay in addition opens up venues for its participatory reading. The analysis is theoretically contextualized within the McLuhan tradition and an analogy is projected between the challenges of biotechnology’s ambivalent repercussions and the similarly consequential and controversial tangle of climate change issues…

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