Environmental Philosophy

Volume 20, Issue 1, Spring 2023

Monika Kaup
Pages 25-53

Indigenous Eco-Apocalypticism
Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert’s The Falling Sky

Davi Kopenawa and Bruce Albert’s 2010 collaborative work, The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman, centers on a prophetic warning of impending apocalyptic collapse due to anthropogenic environmental destruction. An indigenous contribution to the contemporary burst of eco-apocalyptic writing and the search for a new ecological social order, The Falling Sky challenges the temporal vector of Euroamerican eco-apocalypticism. Instead of the teleological axis of anthropocentric temporality (the emergence of homo sapiens as the pinnacle of evolution), it refers us to a temporality of terrestrial life, where homo sapiens is just one more living species in the web of life.