Accepted paper:

First Nation forest and indigenous ontology in the globalizing context


Kyoung Mann Cho (Mokpo National University)
Jung Hyun Lee

Paper short abstract:

People's conceptualizations of place and human selves in it have been growing as the pivotal cultural reaction in the local-global context. This paper talks about a fieldwork case of Clayoquot Sound forest and First Nations, Canada.

Paper long abstract:

The relationship between place and people's selves becomes more and more the object of political discourses and actions, beyond mere discourses of folk/native rootedness. As globalization proceeds the conceptualization or the ontology of a place becomes composed of multi-faceted but internally articulated human experiences of indigenous, local and global facing. This paper tells about a fieldwork case of Clayoquot Sound, Canada and about it's theoretical meaning. Clayoquot Sound in BC, Canada has been the political place, with it's ancient forests, Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations, civil society of Tofino and environmentalists from the worlds. From 1984 when Tla-o-qui-aht and Ahousaht First Nation announced an island forest as 'Tribal Park', via historical non violent, environmental resistance in 1993, to the current reactions to the corporate developments, there has been political arena with ontology and human existence. The definitions or existential meanings of ancient forest, First Nations, civil societies, global environmental networks and markets have been continuously made and transformed. This case tells the local stories of political ecology in globalizing context.

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