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Conservation Refugees

Published: May 1, 2009, Author: JayTaber

Bereft of Humanity

In Human Nature, Mark Dowie discusses the creation of commodified wilderness in the US, wild expanses bereft of humanity. Noting the history of this cultural project of evicting aboriginal inhabitants from the landscapes of our imagination, Dowie describes their indigenous descendants as “conservation refugees”. As the UN and its member states prepare to evict natives worldwide in response to the climate change crisis, our unnatural conception of wilderness is once again at fault.

Chief George Manuel Memorial Indigenous Library

The library is dedicated to the memory of Secwepemc Chief George Manuel (1921-1989), to the nations of the Fourth World and to the elders and generations to come.

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