Nature Advocacy and the Indigenous Symbol.

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In 2008, Ecuador became the first country in history to grant constitutional rights to nature. What is termed the indigenous symbol played a significant role in this event. The rights of nature are used as an occasion to interrogate the indigenous symbol in order to reveal what it does, as opposed to what it says. The account of the rights of nature originating in indigenous sensibilities is presented, and subsequently critiqued. The argument makes use of the notion of representative claim to show the strategic construction of indigeneity as ecologically harmonious. An alternative genesis of the rights of nature is presented. It is further showed that the indigenous symbol is employed as a veneer of moral authority hiding the strategic machinations of representative politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-122
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironmental Values
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • indigenous politics
  • political representation
  • rights of nature


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