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Epilogue: Indigenous worlds and planetary futures

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Epilogue : Indigenous worlds and planetary futures. / Szerszynski, Bronislaw.

Indigenous Perceptions of the End of the World: Creating a Cosmopolitics of Change. ed. / Rosalyn Bold. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 203-209.

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Szerszynski, B 2019, Epilogue: Indigenous worlds and planetary futures. in R Bold (ed.), Indigenous Perceptions of the End of the World: Creating a Cosmopolitics of Change. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 203-209.

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Szerszynski, B. (2019). Epilogue: Indigenous worlds and planetary futures. In R. Bold (Ed.), Indigenous Perceptions of the End of the World: Creating a Cosmopolitics of Change (pp. 203-209). Palgrave Macmillan.

Vancouver

Szerszynski B. Epilogue: Indigenous worlds and planetary futures. In Bold R, editor, Indigenous Perceptions of the End of the World: Creating a Cosmopolitics of Change. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. p. 203-209

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Szerszynski, Bronislaw. / Epilogue : Indigenous worlds and planetary futures. Indigenous Perceptions of the End of the World: Creating a Cosmopolitics of Change. editor / Rosalyn Bold. London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 203-209

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