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This paper focuses on the complexity of sentience, agency action and transformation in the cosmologies and classification systems of Indigenous peoples in northwestern North America, using edible root vegetables as an example of convergence of these factors. Broadly, it addresses the meaning of life. Plants are, of course, living, but often they are relegated more as "things" or "objects," rather than "beings"-especially not sentient beings-in our perceptions. 2doi:10.4000/actesbranly.665 fatcat:6xwj3xm6hjaajhhwzkkeuzg5ba