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Fall 2019 Lecture Series: Indigenous Knowledge Inspired by the Land

Arboretum Visitor Center auditorium
Four Tuesdays in October, 7–8:30 p.m.
Free, no registration required. Suggested $10 donation at the door.

Speakers will share research and cultural insights about Indigenous relationships with the land.

Tuesday, October 1

Seventh Generation and Native American Futurism. Patricia Loew, director, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Northwestern University. Many Indigenous communities have deep belief systems about protecting ancestral lands. The Anishinaabeg call it a Seventh Generation philosophy and it obligates people to think about their impact seven generations into the future. Loew (Mashkiiziibi Ojibwe) connects this to environmental solidarity movements as a way to think about past, present, and future.

Tuesday, October 8

Cultural Significance of Nature and Gardening to Indigenous Tribal Peoples. Diana Peterson, PhD candidate, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW–Madison. To preserve wild rice (Manoomin) is to protect and restore its place in the sacred practices of Wisconsin Native cultures. Peterson’s interviews with the Menominee and Ojibwe Tribal elders highlight the cultural significance of Manoomin along with the importance of preserving a vital natural resource for future generations.

Tuesday, October 15

Our Shared Future: Learning from the Hard Truths of Our Place. Omar Poler, interim American Indian curriculum services coordinator, UW–Madison School of Education. In June, UW–Madison publicly acknowledged the nineteenth-century forced removals of Ho-Chunk people from Wisconsin, human rights violations central to the founding of our community. In this presentation, Poler will speak about the University’s “Our Shared Future” heritage marker and ongoing efforts to share this little-known story. Poler is an enrolled member of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community.

Tuesday, October 22

Using Indigenous Experience and Knowledge to Guide Sustainable Forestry in the Twenty-first Century. Michael J. Dockry, assistant professor, Forest Resources, University of Minnesota. Indigenous people have managed forests for generations using Indigenous science, values, and knowledge. Sustainable forestry began with the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin. Dockry will illustrate how Indigenous forestry is leading the way to solve some of the most complex environmental problems we face.