Red Natural History

What if we understand natural history not simply as the study of nature, ecosystems, or premodern cultural traditions, but as a site of struggle between two incommensurate relations to the world—one governed by a logic of extraction and enclosure and another that relates to the world as a world in common that cannot be enclosed? Edited by Not An Alternative as part of the collective’s ongoing project The Natural History Museum, this dossier features texts by Indigenous historians, theorists, and ethnobotanists, as well as critical geographers, landscape architects, artists, and activists.

Contributors include Rosalyn LaPier (Blackfeet/Métis), Andrew Curley (Diné), Ashley Dawson, Kai Bosworth, Natchee Blu Barnd, Billy Fleming, Alberto Acosta, and Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes).

Cooperative Nature

Ashley Dawson

In his essay “Of Cannibals” (1580), Michel de Montaigne wrote of the recently discovered inhabitants of the so-called New World, “the laws of nature govern them still […] it is a nation wherein there is no manner of traffic, no knowledge … Continue reading “Cooperative Nature”

Radical Geography: Historical Limits and Future Possibilities in the Context of Indigenous Resurgence

Kai Bosworth

Geography is a discipline defined by its conceptualization of, and attention to, space and place. Much like other modes of inquiry that have historically emerged from Euro-American perspectives, geography has mobilized reductive conceptualizations of space and place in material projects … Continue reading “Radical Geography: Historical Limits and Future Possibilities in the Context of Indigenous Resurgence”

Already Presumed Dead

Natchee Blu Barnd

The academic field of Ethnic Studies is an activist discipline. It was founded through student and community activism, with the purpose of intentionally and explicitly supporting empowerment for marginalized communities and peoples. While it originates most directly from US-based activism … Continue reading “Already Presumed Dead”