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downstream: reimagining water brings together artists, writers, scientists, scholars, environmentalists, and activists who understand that our shared human need for clean water is crucial to building peace and good relationships with one another and the planet. This book explores the key roles that culture, arts, and the humanities play in supporting healthy water-based ecology and provides local, global, and Indigenous perspectives on water that help to guide our societies in a time of global warming. The contributions range from practical to visionary, and each of the four sections closes with a poem to encourage personal freedom along with collective care.

This book contributes to the formation of an intergenerational, culturally inclusive, participatory water ethic. Such an ethic arises from intellectual courage, spiritual responsibilities, practical knowledge, and deep appreciation for human dependence on water for a meaningful quality of life. Downstream illuminates how water teaches us interdependence with other humans and living creatures, both near and far.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedications
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Re-storying Waters, Re-storying Relations
  2. Rita Wong and Dorothy Christian
  3. pp. 1-26
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  1. Part I: Contexts for Knowing and Unknowing Water
  1. 1. Planetary Distress Signals
  2. Alanna Mitchell
  3. pp. 29-32
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  1. 2. Water
  2. Lee Maracle
  3. pp. 33-38
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  1. 3. Interweaving Water: The Incremental Transformation of Sovereign Knowledge into Collaborative Knowledge
  2. Michael D. Blackstock
  3. pp. 39-50
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  1. 4. Water and Knowledge
  2. Astrida Neimanis
  3. pp. 51-68
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  1. 5. Excerpts from “a child’s fable”
  2. Baco Ohama
  3. pp. 69-72
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  1. Part II: Water Testimonies: Witness, Worry, and Work
  1. 6. Water: The First Foundation of Life
  2. Mona Polacca
  3. pp. 75-80
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  1. 7. From Our Homelands to the Tar Sands
  2. Melina Laboucan Massimo
  3. pp. 81-88
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  1. 8. Keepers of the Water: Nishnaabe-kwewag Speaking for the Water
  2. Renée Elizabeth Mzinegiizhigo-kwe Bédard
  3. pp. 89-106
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  1. 9. Water Walk Pedagogy
  2. Violet Caibaiosai
  3. pp. 107-112
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  1. 10. A Response to Pascua Lama
  2. Cecilia Vicuña
  3. pp. 113-114
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  1. Part III: Shared Ethical and Embodied Practices
  1. 11. Moving with Water: Relationships and Responsibilities
  2. Alannah Young Leon and Denise Marie Nadeau
  3. pp. 117-138
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  1. 12. Bodies of Water: Meaning in Movement
  2. Seonagh Odhiambo Horne
  3. pp. 139-160
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  1. 13. Upstream: A Conversation with Water
  2. Cathy Stubington
  3. pp. 161-180
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  1. 14. Ice Receding/Books Reseeding
  2. Basia Irland
  3. pp. 181-192
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  1. 15. Tsunami Chant
  2. Wang Ping
  3. pp. 193-194
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  1. Part IV: A Respectful Coexistence in Common: Water Perspectives
  1. 16 Listening to the Elders at the Keepers of the Water Gathering
  2. Radha D’Souza
  3. pp. 197-206
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  1. 17. Coastal Waters in Distress from Excessive Nutrients
  2. Paul J. Harrison
  3. pp. 207-216
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  1. 18. Bodies of Water: Asian Canadians In/Action with Water
  2. Janey Lew
  3. pp. 217-240
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  1. 19. Permeable Toronto: A Hydro-Eutopia
  2. Janine MacLeod
  3. pp. 241-258
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  1. 20. Saturate/Dissolve: Water for Itself, Un-Settler Responsibilities, and Radical Humility
  2. Larissa Lai
  3. pp. 259-270
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  1. 21. Bring Me Back
  2. Janet Rogers
  3. pp. 271-274
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 275-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-290
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