Monday, July 07, 2008

Reference Please?

Readers—a while back I recall coming across a reference to what I believe is a book or an article about race, culture, and environmentalism. I think the title was something along the lines of, "Before It Was Green, It Was Brown"—something comparable to this. I want to say that the gist of the book was that a lot of traditional and indigenous communities used common-sense "green" methods in their everyday life, well before the environmentalist movement as such. But I've been Googling in vain. Would anyone have any idea what I might be thinking of? Or am I just crazy? Thanks in advance.

7 comments:

Jeff Rubard said...

Jeffrey St. Clair, Been Brown so Long It Looked Like Green to Me.

Zach Campbell said...

Jeff, that's it, thanks so much! Why was I having so much trouble finding this book?

(And in what context did I see the reference first? BFP, Chabert, Ran Prieur? Anyway...)

Renegade Eye said...

I'm a lost soul.


Regards.

Zach Campbell said...

Actually, looking over info on the book I wonder if I haven't conflated this book with another one that was more race politics and indigenous-cultures oriented. Hmmm.

Mark said...

I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but this recent brownfemipower post mentions Andrea Smith's Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, which links mainstream environmental movements with genocide.

Jeff Rubard said...

Well, it was advertised very aggressively on Counterpunch for a while. Could very well be that you had another book in mind, though.

traxus4420 said...

this book by chad montrie is about something similar, at least:

http://faculty.uml.edu/chad_montrie/making_a_living.htm

'labor environmentalism.' he also has one about popular resistance to strip mining in appalachia.