Clan and Tribal Perspectives on Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Indigenous Stories from Around the Globe


Clan and Tribal Perspectives on Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Indigenous Stories from Around the Globe


Environmental Studies

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Race and Ethnic Studies


From the Indigenous perspective, sustainability must be understood as a means of survival. In a climate of in-migration, clan and tribal communities have been forced to build sustainable solutions together to protect their sovereignty, recognition and mutual respect.

In the midst of a global pandemic that threatens the economic and social well-being of millions of people, this edited collection addresses the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of tribes, clans, and Indigenous cultures across national and global origins. Acknowledging that these peoples around the globe have addressed threats to their survival for millennia, the authors showcase examples of indigenous groups spanning South Africa, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bolivia and North America. Regional examples also come from Rwanda, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Easter Island, and Nunavit, Canada. Breaking fresh ground by shining a light on sustainability journeys from outside the global mainstream, this book demonstrates how sustainable recovery and development occurs in respectful collaboration between equals.


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Emerald Publishing Limited



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Bingley, UK


indigenous, tribe, clan, sustainability, Aborigine, First Nations, Native American, Māori, Pashtun, Quechua, AmaBomvane, Anishinaabe, Aymara, Barkandji, First Peoples, Gudnitjmara, Hutu, Klamath, Inuit, Torres Strait Islander, Waikato-Tainui, Wiradjuri, Yolnu, Yoruba, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Asia, Rwanda, Canada, United States, South Asia, Nunavut


African Languages and Societies | Asian Studies | Australian Studies | Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Economic Policy | Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Environmental Policy | Environmental Studies | Growth and Development | Health Policy | Indigenous Studies | Latin American Studies | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Other International and Area Studies | Peace and Conflict Studies | Polynesian Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Rural Sociology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social Justice


The front matter and introductory chapter are available from the publisher's link.

Edited by James Spee, Adela McMurray, and Mark McMillan.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Sustainable Relationships Are the Foundation of Tribal and Clan Perspectives. James C. Spee, Adela McMurray and Mark McMillan
Theme 1 Civilisations and Sustainability.
Chapter 2 Sustainable Indigenous Water Rights. Deborah Wardle
Chapter 3 Indigenous Ontologies in ‘Caring for Country’: Indigenous Australia’s Sustainable Customs, Practices and Laws. Virginia Marshall
Theme 2 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Chapter 4 Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Australia: Past, Present, and Future. Bella L. Galperin, Meena Chavan and Salahudin Muhidin
Chapter 5 Maori Social Enterprise: A Case Study. Ruth Hephzibah Orhoevwri
Theme 3 Leadership in Tribes and Clans
Chapter 6 Quechua/Aymara Perspective of Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability in the Bolivian Andes: Sustainability and Contradictions in Bolivia’s Royal Quinoa Heartland.Tamara Stenn
Chapter 7 Leadership Lessons in Sustainability from Elders and Events in Historical Clan Survival Stories. Andrew Creed, Ambika Zutshi and Brian L. Connelly
Theme 4 Politics and Policy in Tribal and Clan Organisations
Chapter 8 Jirga, Its Role and Evolution in Pakistan’s Pashtun “Tribal” Society. Farooq Yousaf
Chapter 9 Effectiveness of ‘Traditional’ Conflict Resolution and Transformation Strategies. Farooq Yousaf
Chapter 10 The Resolution by the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation to Protect the Inherent Rights of Wild Rice. Lawrence W. Gross
Theme 5 Tribal and Clan Views on Health and Well-being
Chapter 11 Therapeutic Landscapes and Indigenous Culture: Maori Health Models in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Jacqueline McIntosh, Bruno Marques and Rosemary Mwipiko
Chapter 12 Fire, Stories and Health. Deborah Wardle, Faye McMillan and Mark McMillan
Chapter 13 Ubuntu Identity, the Economy of Bomvana Indigenous Healers, and Their Impact on Spiritual and Physical Well-being of an African Indigenous Community. Chioma Ohajunwa

Clan and Tribal Perspectives on Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Indigenous Stories from Around the Globe