Upcoming Symposium: May 1-2, 2013
May 1–2, 2013
“The Living Breath of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ”
Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge
University of Washington
Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall Room 225 (CAMPUS MAP)
The University of Washington’s American Indian Studies Department invites you to a two-day symposium to be held May 1-2, 2013 on the UW’s Seattle campus.
“The Living Breath of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Ways of Knowing Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge,” will primarily bring together Northwest Coast and regional Native leaders, elders, and scholars who will share their knowledge and expertise on topics such as tribal food sovereignty initiatives, food justice and security, traditional foods and health, global climate change’s impact on coastal indigenous food systems, treaties and reserved water rights, and treaty fishing rights and habitat protection.
Indigenous peoples in the Northwest have maintained a sustainable way of life through a cultural, spiritual, and reciprocal relationship with their environment. Presently we face serious disruptions to this relationship from policies, environmental threats, and global climate change. Thus, our traditional ecological knowledge is of paramount importance as we strive to sustain our cultural food practices and preserve this healthy relationship to the land, water, and all living things.
This symposium will be the inaugural event to honor UW’s future longhouse-style community building, Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (a Lushootseed word meaning Intellectual House), that will open its doors in 2014. This event symbolizes the spirit of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ and embodies the essence of the work we envision doing in this cultural and intellectual space.
Registration for the symposium is now closed. Due to the incredibly positive response to this event, the waiting list is also full.
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There is no cost to attend. If you would like to support the production of the symposium, you will find ways to give here. Please indicate that your gift should be directed to the symposium.
Dr. Charlotte Coté (Nuu-chah-nulth) Ph.D., Associate Professor, UW’s Department of American Indian Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Chair, Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House) Planning and Advisory Committee.
Clarita Lefthand-Begay (Diné) MS, Ph.D. candidate, UW’s School of Public Health, Graduate Student Representative, Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ(Intellectual House) Working Committee Member.
Dian Million (Athabaskan) Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UW’s Department of American Indian Studies.
Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz) MFA, Academic Counselor and Lecturer, UW’s Department of American Indian Studies.
This event coincides with two other campus events, the 10th Anniversary Native Voices Film Festival and the 12th Annual Symposium of Native & Indigenous Scholarship. Both are free and open to all, with no registration required.