Water Walks and Wild Rice:
Reclaiming Anishinaabe Space and Place through Traditional Knowledge and Ecology Ethics
My research is based in the ceremonial and political spaces of the Indigenous lived worlds in the Great Lakes region—a region which is on the cusp of an adverse ecological regime shift. This shift is due in part to the accidental introduction of an invasive species: the emerald ash borer. Additionally, Michigan recently broke a record for hydro-fracking proposals submitted to the state—a controversial resource extraction method which often significantly pollutes water tables. In response, Anishinaabe communities in this region are more progressive than ever in both political mobilization and ecological restoration projects.