"An Alliance Between Humans and Creatures": Indigenous Stories of Nature, Healing, and Resilience
Nature and Indigenous Community Development and Conservation
Thursday, December 17, 2020, 12-1pm CST
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In his 1998 talk, “An Alliance Between Humans and Creatures,” Yupiat scholar Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley discussed the materialism and consumerism that characterize modern living. Our cities, lifestyles, and very approach to natural resources, he said, were fragmented. He called for alliances—between humans and nature and Indigenous knowledge systems and western research—and he reminded us that our thinking required a shift, and our work needed to be responsive: “Native ways of knowing…entail constant flux of doing. The universe and Mother Earth are constantly changing. If we are looking at and trying to make sense of the world in which we live, we must speak of it as an active process.”
Today as Indigenous peoples face the pandemics of health, economic, and social injustice, we consider our relationships to the natural world through research, art, education, and conservation. In this webinar series, open to all, we share our stories, observations, efforts, and ideas regarding respectful alliances with nature and across humanity.
Tiffanie Hardbarger (Cherokee Nation) is Assistant Professor in Northeastern State University’s Cherokee & Indigenous Studies Department. Her work focuse on sustainability, Indigenous-led community development, environmental justice, and decolonizing research methodologies. She uses a decolonizing lens and action-oriented stance in her research and teaching to explore intersectional aspects embedded in the discourses of Western/neocolonial and Indigenous/decolonizing perspectives on “sustainability”, “development”, and “community well-being” in regard to community- and land-based practices, traditional ecological knowledges, reclamation of food systems, and activism surrounding climate change and extractive industry.
Brittany Luby (Anishinaabe-kwe, atik totem) is an award-winning historian at the University of Guelph. Her writing--both academic and creative--is intended to draw attention to social inequities in what is now known as Canada and to empower readers to envision alternate futures. She is the author of several books, including Dammed: The Politics of Loss and Survival in Anishinaabe Territory (University of Manitoba Press, 2020), which is written for an adult audience. Her next picture book for children, This is How I Know, is a bilingual story-poem written in English and Anishinaabemowin that will be released by Groundwood in March 2021. It was inspired by childhood memories of observing the natural world in Treat #3 territory and was lovingly translated into Anishinaabemowin by Alvin Ted Corbiere and and Alan Corbiere.