Indigenous Peoples Cosmovision and Relationship to Water: A Need for a New Paradigm in Water Policy and Water Management

So, when the European invaders came to indigenous lands they brought with them a cosmology so different from ours that we couldn’t comprehend them and they couldn’t comprehend us. The most destructive value that the European invaders imposed is the quantification and objectification of the natural world by imposing monetary value on sacred things, and committing genocide against the indigenous peoples who resisted.

The assumption that any open land is there for the taking and all they have to do is put up a fence to own it. One of the first things the invaders did is to dump their garbage into water, contaminating the very force that holds and nurtures all life. What does this mean for our relationship with water? The discussion about water is just the natural progression of the discussion of all so called “natural resources.” It is about the commodification, the objectification, the dehumanization of all our ways of understanding.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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