237.130 Week 4 TASK 3F – Prior Knowledge

What are some issues, ideas, concerns, events, visual texts, that I can relate to this topic from prior knowledge?

  • Native/Indigenous peoples’ ideas of land ownership and how European settlers disregarded this within their conquest of nature.

Maori, Australian and American and Alaskan Natives’ ideas regarding land ownership are vastly different than European values. The Maori felt that the land did not ‘belong’ to anyone; but that each person had different rights upon the land. A lot of the suffering in New Zealand post-colonization was due to this disparity in ideas (McAloon 1). Native Americans believed in separate National territories (each tribe had a set territory) but that land was a communal resource. They certainly did not feel that the land required ‘conquest’. It is an integral way of life and they shaped their lives around this idea – not the other way around.


Jim McAloon. ‘Land ownership – Māori and land ownership’, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Jul-12
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/land-ownership/page-1
Notzke, Claudia. ‘Aboriginal Peoples and Natural Resources in Canada’. Captus Press 1994. Web Excerpt. 173-195. Accessed 12/04/2016.
  • Artist: Kate Orff, Landscape Designer and Richard Misrach, Photographer. Petrochemical America 2

Their work is about the effects of chemical production in the area on the people, wildlife and landscape of “Cancer Alley”, and 150-mile area along the Mississippi. It says a lot to me about the power of imagery and visual text in being able to move people – as well as being informative about the effects and causes of environmental damage, although it does not address climate change.

  • Artist: Kacper Kowalski, photographer

From his website http://www.kacperkowalski.pl/gallery:

“This is my contribution to the never ending discussion on what is beauty.
For this project I shoot in chemical plants, opencast mines, on areas processed by industry.” – Kacper Kowalski
Again, his work is not focused on climate change but does touch on areas of chemical production and energy production through mines. He also addresses the idea that the destruction of the natural world can be displayed so beautifully, and how we see this.

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