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Sunday, October 22 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Pacific Connections: Indigenous Approaches to Climate Change from Qik'rtaq (Kodiak) to Hawaiʻi, and Aoteoroa (New Zealand) | Indigenous Forum
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Indigenous knowledge can offer invaluable insights on how to recognize, anticipate and adapt to climate disruption. Nowhere is this more evident than in the communities that live on and around the Pacific Ocean, which drives much of the world’s climate and weather. From Alaska to New Zealand and in between, culture bearers from across the Pacific share first-hand observations of the effects of climate change and explore how Indigenous seafaring traditions, knowledge and connections can launch innovative solutions and inform policy. Hosted by Alexis Bunten (Aleut/Yup’ik), Bioneers Indigeneity Program Manager. With: Sven Haakanson, Jr. (Alutiiq), Professor and Curator of Native American Anthropology, University of Washington; Kupuna M. Kalani Souza (Hawaiian), Executive Director, Olohana Foundation; Maui Solomon (Moriori), attorney, Chairman and CEO, Hokotehi Moriori Trust.

Workshop Speakers
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Alexis Bunten

Alexis Bunten, Ph.D., (Aleut/Yup’ik), Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program, has been a researcher, media-maker, manager, consultant, and curriculum developer for organizations including the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the FrameWork... Read More →
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Sven Haakanson, Jr.

Sven Haakanson, Jr. recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington as Associate Professor of Anthropology and Curator of North American Anthropology, Burke Museum after having served, from 2000-2013, as Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. As a... Read More →
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Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon (Moriori, Kai Tahu and Pakeha), an Indigenous Rights lawyer specialising in cultural and intellectual property with 30+ years’ legal experience locally and internationally, is a Past-President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and current Executive Chair of his tribal organisation, Hokotehi Moriori Trust. Maui has for 34 years been a leader in revitalizing the culture and identity of the Moriori peoples of Rekohu/Chatham Islands (once described as... Read More →
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Kupuna M. Kalani Souza

Rev. M. Kalani Souza, founding Director of the Hawaii-based Olohana Foundation, focused on building community capacity and cohesiveness around systems of food, energy, and knowledge, is also a National Disaster Preparedness outreach specialist, and certified FEMA instructor who s... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum