Senior Project Advisor

Bower, John L., 1959-

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2019


Care, Indigenous, Feminist, Environment, Ethic, Relational, Reciprocal


Dominant Environmental ethics have particular relationships with place that are predicated on ongoing settler colonialism and relationships to land that are exploitative and disconnected from the self. Understanding Indigenous, Feminist, and Indigenous Feminist care ethics between people and the environment as actors with agency and responsibility to each other disrupts this framework and provides an alternative path that gets at the root of systems of exploitation and oppression. Understanding these ethics as multifaceted and pre-colonial, as well as emerging from the current time period differentiates an ethic of care and the centering of indigenous epistemologies from the appropriation of indigenous lifeways and the continuation of the ecological Indian and noble savage trope. Care Ethics are gendered and racialized in a particular way, both devalued and disproportionately expected of gender marginalized people and people of color. We can look also to the complex interplay between Black feminism and other women of color feminisms and indigenous understandings of relationships to each other and to land. Environmental Justice offers a hopeful glimpse into what this idea of care as it is defined more concretely might look like.


Department: Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Environmental ethics; Environmental responsibility; Postcolonialism--Environmental aspects; Feminism; Environmental justice; Indians of North America--Land tenure


student projects; term papers




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