Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes
Chapter: 45. Do Indigenous Peoples believe plants, animals, and waters have personhood?
What ethical responsibilities and moral imperatives come with designating other-than-human beings as persons? What does it mean for Indigenous Peoples to regard trees, beaver, or moose as their relatives? This article addresses these complex questions by discussing a few key examples in which Indigenous Peoples have drawn on their own spiritual traditions to fight for the legal recognition of other-than-human beings as persons.