Finding Common Ground: Indigenous And Western Approaches to Healing our Land and Waters

Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7 pm

Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee St., Syracuse

Speakers: Rick Hill (Tuscarora) and Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomi)

Rick Hill (Tuscarora) is an artist, writer and curator who lives at the Six Nations Community of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been involved in numerous North American cultural associations, formerly he served as the Manager of the Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; Director of the Indian Museum at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM; and the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and Manager of the Haudenosaunee Resource Center. Currently he is the Coordinator for the Joint Stewardship Board at Six Nations to develop an environmental interpretation centre and is the manager of the Six Nations Virtual Archives Project. Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomi) is a professor in the Environmental and Forest Biology Department at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and director of ESF's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, the only such center in the Northeast United States. Her book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, received the John Burroughs Medal Award for its literary quality, firsthand fieldwork, originality and scientific accuracy. She has received the ESF Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in Teaching, the Undergraduate Student Association's Distinguished Teaching Award twice and the Baobab Society's Faculty Member of the Year Award. She also chairs the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section of the Ecological Society of America.

The program is free and followed by a reception and the opportunity to participate in small discussion groups.
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Onondaga Land Rights & Our Common Future is an inspiring and informative educational series that will run through December 2010. This community-university collaboration is coordinated by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation and includes major participation from Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, Le Moyne College, Empire State College,Onondaga Community College and seven other educational institutions.