Here is an interesting topic for a book – I’ll be reviewing The Haida Gwaii Lesson in January but for now I’m sharing all of the details of the book with you so you can keep it in mind when you shop for the reader on your holiday list.
About The Haida Gwaii Lesson:
In The Haida Gwaii Lesson, former University of California journalism professor and Mother Jones editor Mark Dowie shares the story of the Haida people, relating their struggle for sovereignty and title over their ancient homeland as a strategic playbook for other indigenous peoples.
For over 10,000 years, the Haida people thrived on a rugged and fecund archipelago south of Alaska, which they called Haida Gwaii. Nicknamed “the Galapagos of the North,” the islands are blessed with a diversity of species unmatched in the northern hemisphere. As western Canada was settled by Europeans, the pressure on natural resources spread with the growing population and its demand for fur, fish, minerals and lumber. Industries found their way to the coastal islands, where they ignored native tribes and commenced what has become one the Pacific coast’s most monstrous natural resource extraction campaigns.
After almost a century of non-stop exploitation, the Haida people said “enough” and began to resist. Their audacious four-decade struggle involving the courts, human blockades, public testimony and the media became a living object lesson for communities in the same situation the world over.
About the Author:
Mark Dowie recently retired from the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he taught science, environmental reporting, and foreign correspondence. Previously, he was Editor-at-large of InterNation, a transnational feature syndicate based in Paris, and before that a publisher and editor of Mother Jones magazine. He is the author of seven other books.
Be sure to check back on January 18th for my review!
All purchase links are affiliate links which means if you buy anything through them I will receive a small commission (at no additional charge to you)