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Webinar Series: "An Alliance Between Humans and Creatures": Indigenous Stories of Nature, Healing and Resilience

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 seriesopen to all, we share our stories, observations, efforts, and ideas regarding respectful alliances with nature and across humanity.

Indigenous Relationships with Nature

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 12-1pm CDT

Speakers:

Deborah McGregor (Ojibwe, Whitefish River First Nation), Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, York University

Alexis Bunten (Aleut/Yupik), co-Director, Indigeneity, Bioneers

Elizabeth Sumida Huaman (Wanka/Quechua), Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education, U-M, Twin Cities  

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Nature and Indigenous Traditional Arts

Thursday October 22, 2020, 12-1pm CDT

 

Speakers:

Niiyogiizhig Wesley Ballinger (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe), Illustrator and Community Engagement Coordinator of American Indian Studies, U-M, Twin Cities

Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo), Associate Dean and Chair of Indigenous Liberal Studies, Institute of American Indian Arts

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Nature and Indigenous Education Development

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 12-1pm CST

 

Speakers:

Meixi Ng (Hokkien/Hokchiu), Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, American Indian Studies, U-M, Twin Cities

Steve Smith (Ojibwe, White Earth Nation), STEM Faculty, Leech Lake Tribal College   

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 Nature and Indigenous Community Development and Conservation

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 12-1pm CST

Speakers:

Mike Dockry (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Assistant Professor, Tribal Resource Management, U-M, Twin Cities

Tiffanie Hardbarger, (Cherokee Nation), Assistant Professor, Cherokee & Indigenous Studies, Northeastern State University

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