Do Landscapes Listen? Wemindji Eeyou Knowledge, Adaptation and Agency in the Context of Coastal Landscape Change

  • Monica E. MulrennanEmail author
Part of the World Geomorphological Landscapes book series (WGLC)


Drawing on the connections to landscape of members of the Cree Nation of Wemindji, on the east coast of James Bay (Eeyou Istchee), this chapter explores the possibilities for mutually enriching conversations between geomorphologists and Indigenous people. Local placenames, landscape modifications (dyke and tuuhikaan construction), and stewardship of hunting territories are examined to underscore the deep knowledge and attachments Cree maintain to landscape. Wider embrace of ethnogeomorphology as a sub-field that supports intercultural dialogue is advocated.


Wemindji Cree Eeyou Landscape Place names Dykes Tuuhiikaan Hunting territory Hunting law Stewardship Spirituality 



Chiniskumitin (thank you) to members of the Cree Nation of Wemindji who have generously shared their knowledge, observations and teachings about the land with me. Thanks also to Véronique Bussières, Jesse Sayles, Colin Scott, Katherine Scott, and Olav Slaymaker for their contributions to this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography, Planning and EnvironmentConcordia UniversityMontréalCanada

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