Vol 14 No 1 (2023)

Ancient Ethics

Lee Beavington
Simon Fraser University
Published January 28, 2023


During fall 2019, I enrolled in SFU's President’s Dream Colloquium course, Creative Ecologies: Reimagining the World. This interdisciplinary course interwove numerous disciplines, and considered how to approach environmental catastrophe, and the other-than-human world, through a pluralistic lens. One of the scholars we read was Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. My creative response to Simpsons' book chapters and presentation—a found poem I called "Ancient Ethics”—offers an alternative way to engage with her scholarship. Simpson frequently uses storytelling and other-than-human worldviews in her scholarship, and these informed my found poem, revealing an ancient code of ethics found in the lake, salmon and thunderbird.