Saturday, 24 August 2013

The Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approch to Global Crisis

Dr Atleo

This is a podcast conversation with Umeek / Dr E Richard Atleo about his new book Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis.
Dr Atleo discusses his world view of the Nuu-chah-nulth. It is the idea of interrelationship between all life forms; human, plants and animals. Tsawalk means one and this idea allows people to regard ideas of social, political, economics, constitutional, environmental and philosophy in both the material and meta-physical worlds as a whole. He offers profound criticism of Western science and the way we are dividing the world. 
 For Dr Atleo there is a current global crisis, but many still believe they can shut themselves off from the world. Dr Atelo presents a very well defined world view that brings into question the idea that we can be separate from our environment both physical and metaphysical.  There is a need to have greater understanding of different ways of viewing the world and the reality we have created. 
I can see the book being a challenge to those who are not familiar with a holistic perspective of the world. Tsawalk will have greater resonance with people already working in the Indigenous field. This is a shame because the book would greatly benefit politicians, leaders of corporations and military leaders allowing them to better understand their actions and the effects it has on people and the world around them. 
Perhaps someone should send a copy to PM Harper. Who knows, it might keep him up at night or help him sleep.
Office of the Prime Minister (free postage)
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
To Learn More: (interview & podcast)
Part I: broadcast June 17, 2013  
Part II: broadcast June 24, 2013

Ouellette, Robert-Falcon. (Director) (2013. Aug 20). At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research. Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis.  [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from  
Ouellette, Robert-Falcon, dir. "A Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis.." At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research. N.p., 20 Aug 2013. web. Aug 20, 2013. < ›

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