Story, Sovereignty, Relationality, and Place: Teaching Salmon is Everything in the Contexts of Indigenous Environmental Movement

Brown, Kirby. Story, Sovereignty, Relationality, and Place: Teaching Salmon is Everything in the Contexts of Indigenous Environmental Movement. Salmon Is Everything: Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed, 2nd edition.. Oregon State University Press. 2018. 161-180.

As a new contribution to the 2nd edition of SALMON IS EVERYTHING, this chapter explores the challenges and possibilities of teaching the play within the contexts of contemporary Indigenous environmental movements and disparate responses of state power at Standing Rock and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2017. As I attempted to make sense of these issues, I was compelled to work them explicitly into my classrooms the following term. Specifically, I wanted to explore not just the historical, social, and political contexts out of which these conflicts emerged, but also the complicated relationships between story, sovereignty, relationality, and place that inform how stakeholders from all sides understand, represent, and act upon those contexts. I was especially drawn to the explosion of visual art and new media coming out of the NoDAPL movement and decided to organize the course around the question of how literature, music, art, and performance might advance contemporary struggles for Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and environmental justice.

Fields of Focus: American Studies, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Drama and Performance Studies, Literature and the Environment, Native American Literary Studies, Race and Ethnicity