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Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites

First published on 06/27/2019, and last updated on 06/30/2019

Indigenous Perspectives on Sacred Natural Sites, Culture, Governance and Conservation, 1st Edition Edited by Jonathan Liljeblad, Bas Verschuuren, Routledge, 234 pages, 2019.

Sacred natural sites are important places in almost every ICCA. They often form the spiritual heart of the ICCA. They are places where people seek direction from their ancestors, practice meditation and healing or look for a deeper connection with the land.

This book carries the voices, experiences and perspectives of Indigenous peoples with regard to the treatment of the sacred and its protection and governance in the face of threats from various forms of natural resource exploitation and development.

Indigenous custodians explain how they view and treat the sacred through a written account that is available to a global audience. It thus illuminates similarities and differences of both definitions, interpretations and governance approaches regarding sacred natural sites and their conservation. The examples in the book have also been systematically reviewed in order to compare how Indigenous people mobilize their identities and create more space for self-governance and education in a world often dominated by non-indigenous ways of knowing, living and governing.

The book contains an international range of case studies, from the recent controversy of pipeline construction at Standing Rock, a sacred site for the Sioux people spanning North and South Dakota, to others located in Australia, Canada, East Timor, Hawaii, India, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria and the Philippines.

Here is the link to the book.

If you are considering purchasing the book, you may use the code that is in this pdf to get a discount.