An Academic Take on "Indigenous Traditions and Ecology"

Peter Cole


The form of this article/review is closer to the oral style of my Nation than standard academic format, more in the storytelling mode. The line breaks and the spaces are important as places of breathing and pivoting. The slashes come from my poetry background rather than from a post/xxx place. I see them as places where meaning can be created by the reader –morpho/sites trans/verse fault lines line breaks within or between words or sounds. I see meaning as accretive equi/poly/multi/vocal isomorphic saltatory tectonic meteoro/logical terpsichorean. Like weather. Like life.

I see genealogy epistemology and etymology as re/co/wright/ings of one another. For me language is topology topography geo/graphy. Holding up two aerial photos of a territory shot from different angles seeing the forests and ridges and plateaux rise Story is a place a time to be entered for experiencing the world via multiple/nomadic subjectivities chance operations trickster- and rhizomatic-lineations/discourses. Whorling in directions which language has not yet named which it has not yet grammar for or which cannot manifest into a languaged reality. I see the words the stories as writing me. Coming from a playwrighting and poetry back/ground, I write with the idea that my words will be read aloud by a reader/performer–thus sound and rhythm are very important for me.

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