Kyle Whyte MSU - Research Center for Material Culture

A Conversation on Indigenous Philosophy, the Anthropocene, and Museums

Interview | Earth Matters

Kyle Powys Whyte is Professor of philosophy and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. On September 28, 2017, Wayne Modest interviewed Kyle about his work on environmental justice and indigenous philosophy, and his thoughts on the role of museums.

Kyle spoke about Potawatomi (indigenous) perspectives on a number of topics:

Introduction of himself (start)
On governance and moral responsibility (1:08)
On gender (3:30)
On the role of museums (6:05)
On justice and environmental sustainability (and why philosophy?) (10:06)


Kyle Powys Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, a faculty member of the Environmental Philosophy & Ethics graduate concentration, and a faculty affiliate of the American Indian & Indigenous Studies and Environmental Science & Policy programs.

He is Potawatomi and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. His research, teaching, training, and activism address moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. Kyle's work has recently extended to cover issues related to Indigenous food sovereignty.

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