Living Waters, Animate Lands
Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Braiding Story, Skills and Sustenance with Hope for a Sustainable Future
Thursday, April 6 (UMass Amherst Campus Center: Cape Cod Lounge)
6:30 pm Welcome Reception
7:00 pm Film: “The Spirit of Standing Rock”
Friday, April 7 (Amherst College, Converse Hall: Cole Assembly)
9:00 am Gathering, Welcome, Opening Ceremonies
9:30-11:00 Opening address and Animate Lands Panel
11:30-1:00 Living Waters Panel
1:00-2:00 Buffet lunch for all participants
2:00-3:00 Roundtable Discussions – Speakers, FCNAIS faculty, participants
3:15-4:15 Roundtable Discussions – Speakers, FCNAIS faculty, participants
4:30-5:00 Summary Discussion and Closing (All)
6:30pm Evening Reception (Amherst College, Converse Hall: Cole Assembly lobby)
7:00pm Reading by LeAnne Howe and Susan Power
Saturday, April 8 (gather at Amherst College)
10:00-noon TEK plant walk
Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, and author of Sacred Ecology (Third Edition, Routledge, 2012)
John Banks is the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation and, as a representative of his nation, helped develop the Penobscot River Restoration Project
Amberdawn LaFrance works for the Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program, part of the Environmental Division of the Akwesasne/St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, which recently produced a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the nation.
Natalie Michelle is a citizen of Penobscot nation and a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnobotany and Adaptive Management at the University of Maine, Orono.
With a dual background in art and marine science, Elizabeth James Perry works for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Historic Preservation office.
Nicholas James Reo is a citizen of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Assistant Professor of Native American and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, where where he studies Indigenous knowledge and ecological stewardship on Indigenous lands.
LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, creative non-fiction, plays and scholarship that primarily deal with American Indian and Native American experiences.
Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan. She is the author of three books, The Grass Dancer (a novel), Roofwalker (a story collection), and the new novel, Sacred Wilderness.
Judy Dow is an Abenaki educator who specializes in sharing indigenous environmental knowledge with youth. A basketmaker and artist, she incorporates traditional ecological knowledge into her art and her teaching.
Go here for a full schedule and list of speakers.
Sponsored in part by Gedakina.org.