Blog #5 AIS 320
The book All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life by Winona Laduke, who is a member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabeg located on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, is a great testimony to the life and struggles of all indigenous peoples and tribes fight for our home lands. This book explains in great detail and story of the invasive attitude and take over of tribal lands and the heart break and issues European conquest has caused. Both life and land have been affected by greed and consumption resulting in environmental destruction. Not able to leave well enough alone tearing down and destroying tribal lands and forever changing indigenous way of life through lies, misunderstanding, and manipulation to gain access to ownership of land that was once beautiful and self sustaining, European take over will cause environmental issues that are effecting the world for all. Political, spiritual, and ecological transformation Laduke attempts to make difference in the world through words and persuasive accounts of the tragedies of indigenous people and sacred lands. We are one with the Earth being beneath us, above us, and all around us we are what the Earth provides. Explaining by creating environmental issues is like destroying and killing our relatives. The animals, rock, plants, air, and water are like our relatives such as brother, sister, mother, father, aunties, uncles and taking care of Mother Earth is taking caring of our family and relations. With our the Earth and what it provides what do we have? The accounts in this book show what environmental injustices have already been done, but with the resiliency of indigenous people and old way of life all is not lost and can hopefully be restored. Traditional Ecological Knowledge’s do exist and can help improve the state of environmental health.