Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place

Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place

  • academic
  • feminism
  • from-the-prairies
  • history-politics-current-affairs
  • indigenous
The extensive body of literature on Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing written since the 1980s has for the most part been conducted by scholars operating within Western epistemological frameworks that tend to deny the subjectivity of knowledge and privilege masculine authority. As a result, the literature predominantly reflects the types of knowledge traditionally held by men, yielding a perspective that is at once gendered and incomplete. Even those interested in consulting with Indigenous peoples for the purposes of planning, monitoring, and managing land use have largely ignored the knowledge produced, preserved, and transmitted by Indigenous women—an omission that reflects patriarchal assumptions and the sometimes reductionist tendencies of researchers and of policy makers, who have sought to organize and deploy such knowledge in the service of external priorities. These efforts have abstracted Indigenous knowledge from place and from the world view and community—and by extension the gender—to which it is inextricably connected. From a variety of methodological perspectives, contributors to Living on the Land explore the nature and scope of Indigenous women’s knowledge, its rootedness in relationships, both human and spiritual, and its inseparability from land and landscape. This collection focuses on the integral role of women as stewards of the land and governors of the community and points to a distinctive set of challenges and possibilities for Indigenous women and their communities.


Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez , editor

Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez is Zapotec from Oaxaca, Mexico. She holds a joint appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

Nathalie Kermoal, editor

Nathalie Kermoal is of Breton descent (a people whose territory is situated on the West coast of France). She is a professor as well as the Associate Dean Academic at the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.


  • A beautiful and complex collection of perspective, story, knowledge, and wisdom. This book captures the traditional role, depth, and power of the Indigenous women from the Mohawk, Cree, Naskapi, Métis, and Inuit peoples. [...] and gives each Indigenous woman a distinct voice on where she originates. - The Catalyst Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Athabasca University Press



rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 226

publication date: 07/04/2016

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book