Sacred Ecosystems and the Decolonization of Recreation

Sandra Bartlett Atwood (Utah State University)

The Eurocentric sense of entitlement generally displayed by recreation folk groups with regards to ecosystem services and access to sacred environments in Hawai’i and the traditional lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy in Southern Alberta and Northern Montana has reached critical proportions. The purpose of this paper is to explore the decolonization of recreation by considering various recreational activities through the lens of indigenous ecological knowledge. Using a coproduction of knowledge model, we articulate significant ways that recreation, as it relates to 1) division 2) desecration 3) disturbance 4) development and 5) displacement, violates indigenous environmental and cultural protocols.

Part of 34-01 Decolonizing Folklore II, Wednesday, October 20, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm