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Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice, and Life Together Paperback – June 19, 2013
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Superb! For centuries our misunderstandings and conflicts have accumulated . . . In this book the issues are opened, offering information, insights, and resolutions that amaze our usual thinking. Read it carefully; with a prayer for understanding.
—Rudy Wiebe, novelist, co-author with Yvonne Johnson of Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman
This invaluable collection calls us to decolonize theology and interrogate how the logics of settler colonialism have infused Christianity. At the same time, it refuses the temptation to replace one metanarrative with another.
—Andrea Smith, author of Native Americans and the Christian Right
Steve Heinrichs has edited a courageous and urgent book. The voices that speak here sound from outside the theopolitical, social-economic domination system of our society. The book is an invitation to rethink both policy and attitude. Attention must be paid!
—Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
There is no cheap grace available in these pages, but there is great encouragement to move ourselves toward the deepest, most demanding places of hope in our mutual search for a truly just and compassionate life together with all creation. Every participant in these
conversations urges us to take all the great, imperative risks of spiritual and intellectual growth, insisting on our deepest truths as our guide.
—Vincent Harding, veteran activist and scholar, Illif School of Theology
Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry offers precisely the sort of dialogue essential to the establishment at long last of respectful relations between peoples in this hemisphere. Such conversations are necessary to forging a sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of creation. Steve Heinrichs is to be commended for having assembled this book.
—Ward Churchill, author of Struggle for the Land
Mind blowing. Once you read the book, you will never look at the world, or your place within it, the same way again. The voices within these covers offer sobering and challenging truths. I am uncomfortably humbled.
--Christine J. Sabas, attorney and advocate with Christian Peacemaker Teams
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Although half the essays seem to address the realities and histories of Canada, the parallels to US history are frighteningly similar - which reinforces for me the recognition that Manifest Destiny and American Exceptionalism are merely symptoms and manifestations of the deeper problems of white supremacy coupled with Euro-domination. Add to this species arrogance and anthropocentric domination and the result is a toxic stew which continues to infect our planet.
Each chapter has an interplay between "settler" voices and indigenous voices and I found the essays by Tink Tinker and Waziyatawin the most provocative and disturbing (in helpful ways). Many of the essays have a strong theological core so they are designed for an audience with some familiarity with what has been labeled as "creation-care" in many western Christian churches. The strong critique of the destructiveness of much of Christian history and theology will be strong medicine for some who think they are already "progressive" (enough) in their personal faith or denominational traditions.
This collection is an essential read for people of faith who self-identify as Christian and environmentalists. Recognizing the settler and colonialist history of many of us is a necessary starting point and we need to listen to Indigenous voices as we re-think the entire process of "civilization" and "progress". This book is a valuable discussion starter. (I've purchased 3 additional copies to pass on to friends)
But, I do want to point out that I did not decimate the buffalo herds, I am not a "settler", and I respect the ancient grievances of the indigenous populations who were unable to hold on to their birthright so many years ago. But, I think it is time to put aside grievances, lawsuits and various complaints from the past and move toward the future together.