Knowing the Land: Indigenous Strategies for Revitalization and Adaptation

Colloquium | March 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Shorb House, Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Clint Carroll, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

 Center for Native American Issues Research on, Native American Studies, American Indian Graduate Student Association, American Indian Graduate Program, Native American Student Development, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM)

Indigenous Nations face significant challenges when it comes to the interrelated processes of cultural knowledge revitalization/perpetuation and environmental adaptation. These challenges range from compromised local ecological health brought about by development and climate change, to limited access to land due to legal, social, and/or political barriers, and to obstacles to knowledge transmission caused by educational and economic forces. This talk views these challenges in the context of the past and ongoing mutually-constitutive structures of settler colonialism and capitalism, and discusses how Cherokee people in Oklahoma are adapting and “re-existing” through land-based education and comprehensive conservation strategies.