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The Need for Indigenous Voices in Discourse about Introduced Species: Insights from a Controversy over Wild Horse

Jonaki Bhattacharyya and Brendon M.H. Larson

Environmental Values 23 (2014): 663-684. doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181031

ABSTRACT

Culture, livelihoods and political-economic status all influence people's perception of introduced and invasive species, shaping perspectives on what sort of management of them, if any, is warranted. Indigenous voices and values are under-represented in scholarly discourse about introduced and invasive species. This paper examines the relationship between the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation (one of six Tsilhqot'in communities) and wild or free-roaming horses in British Columbia, Canada. We outline how Xeni Gwet'in people value horses and experience management actions, contextualising the controversy over wild horses amidst power imbalances in the expression of environmental values. We suggest that Indigenous voices are vital to include when evaluating impacts of controversial species and developing management strategies.


KEYWORDS

First Nations, invasive species, free-roaming horses, management, power relations

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Native Species, Human Communities and Cultural Relationships. Paul Knights

Indigenous Peoples' Participation in Global Conservation: Looking beyond Headdresses and Face Paint. Nels Paulson, Ann Laudati, Amity Doolittle, Meredith Welch-Devine and Pablo Pena

Enriching the Lives of Wild Horses: Designing Opportunities for Them to Flourish. Christine M. Reed

Care for the Wild: An Integrative View on Wild and Domesticated Animals. Jac A.A. Swart

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Ethical Intuitions, Welfare, and Permaculture. Isis Brook


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