E. Richard Atleo, whose Nuu-chah-nulth name is Umeek, is a hereditary chief who teaches in the First Nations Studies Department at Malaspina University College and has served as co-chair of the Scientific Panel for Sustainable Forest Practices in Clayoquot Sound. In Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview (UBC Press, 2004), he introduces an ontology drawn from Nuu-chah-nulth origin stories. Tsawalk basically means "one"; and it encapsulates an understanding of the universe as an integrated and orderly whole, expressed as heshook-ish tsawalk-everything is one. Chapters include Tsawalk: Origin Tales and the Nature of Reality & How Son of Raven Captured the Day; Utl-cla He-xwa: The Struggle for Balance; Xaata-tsa Thluch-ha: Getting Married; Muu Quis-hai-cheelth: One Who Transforms; Suh-tcha Thlawk-thlawk-qua: A Humble Petition; Nuu-Pooh Tloo-utl-ish-sum: Remember Me; Utl-Pooh Heshook-ish Tsawalk: Everything Is One.


Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview (UBC Press, 2004)

Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis (UBC Press, 2012) $85.00 978-0-7748-2126-1

[BCBW 2012] " Constitutional Law" "Environmental Philosophy" ILMBC2