LOOKING AT WATER THROUGH DIFFERENT LENSES: “downstream: reimagining water” (2017) – anthology co-edited by Dorothy Christian and Rita Wong envisions an intergenerational, culturally inclusive, participatory water ethic to tackle climate change


Water-based Ecology, Indigenous Perspectives and Global Warming

Water has captured countless writers’ imagination, appearing as subject, image, and metaphor in every genre of writing, but with climate change and pollution, our collective relationship to water is changing.

Editors Rita Wong and Dorothy Christian have dug into the literary, ecological, and emotional significance of H2O in downstream: reimagining water (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). They have gathered together authors, scientists, scholars, environmentalists, and activists for the definitive text on water and its importance in our lives; physically, environmentally, and imaginatively.

According to Dr. Dorothy Christian, co-editor, “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,” explains Dorothy Christian.

On Reaching Out to Non-Indigenous Communities

Dorothy Christian_trimmedDorothy Christian Cucw-la7 is of the Secwepemc and Syilx Nations of interior of BC. Her doctoral research, “Gathering Knowledge: Indigenous Methodologies of Land/Place-Based Visual Stories and Visual Sovereignty” looks at the role of language, land and cultural stories in contemporary visual storytelling.

Dorothy Christian is dedicated to building and strengthening any alliances with non-Indigenous communities who are open to hearing how Indigenous ways of knowing informs relationships amongst all living things, including the seen and unseen beings.

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Read the complete story posted elsewhere on the waterbucket.ca website: Published in 2017, “downstream: reimagining water” is an anthology that envisions an intergenerational, culturally inclusive, participatory water ethic to tackle climate change; and includes a chapter by Michael Blackstock on ‘interweaving’