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Thursday, October 19
 

9:00am

Reclaiming Indigenous Worldviews: Implementing the Rights of Nature in the Bay Area and Beyond

Reclaiming Indigenous Worldviews: Implementing the Rights of Nature in the Bay Area and Beyond

Join Indigenous culture bearers to explore ways that First Peoples’ worldviews can be adopted into law to protect natural systems for all peoples. Co-hosted by California Indian knowledge bearers, this one-day workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn about how Indigenous worldviews connect people to place. Engage in intimate discussion, cultural arts and hands-on activities. Hosts and special guests will share how Rights of Nature legal frameworks can be adopted in urban and rural ancestral territories, empowering participants with the know-how to organize for the “Rights of Nature” in their communities.

With Maui Solomon (Moriori); Sage LaPena (Nompitom Wintu); Vincent Medina, (Muwekma Ohlone); Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok/Pomo/Wailaki/Yuki); Edward Willie (Pomo/Wailaki/Wintu); Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF); and featuring the Tribal Youth Ambassadors (Pomo) from the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center.

Location: McNears Beach Park

Shuttle from Embassy Suites at 8:30 a.m.

Price: $195 (includes lunch), $5 Parking

Click here to register


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin, Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria, a descendant of the Hukuiko band of Coast Miwoks of Marin County and the Big Valley Band of Pomos of Lake County on his maternal side, and Round Valley, Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, was trained in traditional... Read More →
avatar for Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena

Sage LaPena, a Certified Clinical Herbalist and teacher specializing in both traditional Native American and Western herbal traditions, has worked with local medicine people from her tribe, California’s Northern Wintu, and neighboring tribes (Maidu, Miwok, Pomo and Karuk) since... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey, award-winning Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has provided free legal services to 500+ local governments and organizations, co-founded the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated 6,000+ lawyers, activists, and... Read More →
avatar for Mari Margil

Mari Margil

Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's global Rights of Nature work. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador's Constituent Assembly to draft Rights of Nature constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) serves on the board of directors of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, a statewide organization that works to strengthen and foster California Indian languages, as well as on the steering committee of Slow Foods Turtle Island... Read More →
avatar for Maui Solomon

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... Read More →
avatar for Edward Willie

Edward Willie

Edward Willie, a true native of California (of Pomo, Wintu, Paiute, and Wailaki ancestry), is a native ecologist with 40 years’ experience teaching Traditional Ecological Knowledge, herbalism, permaculture, and ancient skills to people of all ages. Also an artist (drawing, painting... Read More →


Thursday October 19, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
McNears Beach Park 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael, CA 94901
 
Friday, October 20
 

9:18am

Opening Ceremony by Dean Hoaglin
Opening Ceremony by Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok/Pomo/Wailaki/Yuki), Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin, Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria, a descendant of the Hukuiko band of Coast Miwoks of Marin County and the Big Valley Band of Pomos of Lake County on his maternal side, and Round Valley, Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, was trained in traditional... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 9:18am - 9:25am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

10:51am

Performance by Dallas Goldtooth

Performance by Dallas Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), co-founder of the 1491’s, a provocative Indigenous comedy crew.


Keynotes
avatar for Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth

Indigenous Environmental Network
Dallas Goldtooth, of Dakota and Dine ancestry, is the national “Keep It In The Ground” Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, a co-founder of the 1491s comedy group, and a digital media producer. A nationally known public speaker, activist, performer, and... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 10:51am - 11:01am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Rights of Nature: Codifying Indigenous Worldviews into Law to Protect Biodiversity | Indigenous Forum
In deep contrast to the “human vs. nature” dichotomy underpinning much Western thought, Indigenous Peoples share a worldview that humans are a part of nature’s interconnected systems. It’s not surprising that Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of a growing movement to acknowledge the legal “Rights of Nature.” World-renowned Indigenous environmental leaders share their approaches to this game-changing strategy for protecting Mother Earth and Indigenous rights. Hosted by Kandi Mossett, (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Native Energy and Climate Change Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network. With: Maui Solomon (Moriori), attorney, Chairman and CEO, Hokotehi Moriori Trust; Kealoha (Hawaiian), Hawaii’s Poet Laureate; Tony Skrelunas (Diné), Native America Program Director, Grand Canyon Trust; Tom Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network; Leila Salazar-Lopez (Chicana/Aztec), Executive Director, Amazon Watch.

Keynotes
avatar for Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Tom Goldtooth

Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, a social change activist for 36+ years, globally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader, works with Indigenous communities around the world to help them defend... Read More →
avatar for Kealoha

Kealoha

Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i, is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller who has performed throughout the world from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He was honored as a “National Poetry Slam Legend” in 2010 and serves... Read More →
avatar for Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-López is Executive Director of Amazon Watch, which stands with indigenous people in defense of the Amazon rainforest and Mother Earth. For 20+ years, she has been a passionate community, corporate accountability and international solidarity activist working with organizations... Read More →
avatar for Tony Skrelunas

Tony Skrelunas

Tony Skrelunas, MBA, (Dine), Managing Director of Native America Programs at Grand Canyon Trust, working with tribal communities to create culturally compatible economies, also manages the Colorado Plateau Inter Tribal Gatherings, which works to ensure preservation of tribal agricultural... Read More →
avatar for Maui Solomon

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... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Fighting Racism in School | Indigenous Forum
From stereotypes in national creation myths like Thanksgiving to the erasure of the American genocide, Native American youth face racism from kindergarten through post-secondary education. This is especially poignant in California, where Native Peoples also face a widespread misperception that they don’t exist. California Indian and other Native youth share personal stories of successful battles to bring the real history of America into the classroom and to abolish dehumanizing Indian mascots once and for all. Hosted by Dallas Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), co-founder of the 1491’s comedy crew. With: Dahkota Brown (Wilton-Miwok), founder, NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students), National Advisory Council on Indian Education; Chiitaanibah Johnson (Diné/Maidu), Indigenous rights activist, Sacramento State University; Jayden Lim (Pomo), Native Youth Ambassador, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center; Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache) organizer/activist, Oak Flat, Arizona.

Keynotes
avatar for Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth

Indigenous Environmental Network
Dallas Goldtooth, of Dakota and Dine ancestry, is the national “Keep It In The Ground” Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, a co-founder of the 1491s comedy group, and a digital media producer. A nationally known public speaker, activist, performer, and... Read More →
avatar for Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache), 17, a high school senior from San Carlos, AZ, passionate about her culture, identity, and tribal sovereignty, has become an internationally renowned Indigenous Rights and environmental leader. She co-leads (with her grandfather Wedsler Nosie Sr. and... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Dahkota Brown

Dahkota Brown

Dahkota Franklin Kicking Bear Brown (Miwok/Concow/Yuki enrolled with the Wilton Rancheria), an award-winning youth activist, is the founder and President of the nonprofit, NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students), which works to improve the lives and academic performances... Read More →
avatar for Chiitaanibah Johnson

Chiitaanibah Johnson

Chiitaanibah Johnson (Navajo/Maidu) is a Sacramento State University student who sparked a national debate over how Native American history is taught when she challenged her history professor for saying the word "genocide" was too strong a term to describe what happened to American... Read More →
avatar for Jayden Lim

Jayden Lim

Jayden Lim (Pomo), a high school junior skilled in GIS software, business planning, and Pomo language documentation (and also a DJ since age 11!), serves as a Tribal Youth Ambassador (TYA) for the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. Jayden spoke at the White House ceremony... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Storytelling: Instructions for Now from Our Ancestors

Throughout time, stories have been peoples’ way of conveying wisdom and guidance through the generations. In this extraordinary cross-cultural session, we will be regaled by two legendary storytellers from very different traditions—Sunny Dooley, one of the greatest contemporary traditional Diné (Navajo) storytellers, who specializes in the Blessingway oral traditions of her people; and Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., who is widely known for her scholarship in Kabbalah, depth psychology, and the re-integration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Sunny Dooley

Sunny Dooley

Sunny Dooley is one of the premier contemporary storytellers of the Dine' (Navajo) people. Dine’ is her first language, but she has been able to transpose ancient ancestral stories that transmit the Navajo worldview into English, and she has been able to share them for several decades... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Ph.D., is an author, psychotherapist, and founding rabbi of Congregation Nevei Kodesh in Boulder, Colorado. Widely known for her groundbreaking work on Kabbalah, depth psychology, and the re-integration of the feminine wisdom tradition within Judaism, Rabbi... Read More →


Friday October 20, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
 
Saturday, October 21
 

11:59am

Youth Leadership Keynote

Introduction by Alexis Bunten, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Manager

This luminous 17-year-old Chiricahua Apache change-maker from San Carlos, AZ, co-leads the Apache Stronghold group to defend her people's sacred sites, tribal sovereignty, culture and language.


Keynotes
avatar for Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike

Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache), 17, a high school senior from San Carlos, AZ, passionate about her culture, identity, and tribal sovereignty, has become an internationally renowned Indigenous Rights and environmental leader. She co-leads (with her grandfather Wedsler Nosie Sr. and... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Alexis Bunten

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 FrameWorks... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:59am - 12:10pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

1:15pm

Indigenous Forum. Film Screening: “Life In The City of Dirty Water”
“Life in the City of Dirty Water,” a film by Clayton Thomas-Muller (Matias Columb Cree Nation) is a transmedia storytelling project, an expression of decolonization and healing. Described as “a survival guide to the urban Indigenous person." (25 minutes)

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Müller, a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous rights activist, the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Indigenous Forum

2:45pm

Genocide and Survivance: Calling for Truth and Recognition in California | Indigenous Forum

In 1851, California’s governor ordered a “war of extermination . . . until the Indian race becomes extinct.” Prior to genocides under Spanish and then American colonization, California was home to the most linguistically diverse and dense populations of First Peoples in North America. California Indian culture bearers come together to speak to California’s true history and to celebrate California Indian survivance, despite generations of relocation, kidnapping, slavery, and mass murder. Hosted by: Valentin Lopez (Mutsun/Awaswas/Chumash/Yokuts), Chairman, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. With: Loren Bommelyn (Tolowa) Chairperson, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation; Marshall McKay, Chairman, Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation; Corrina Gould (Chochenyo/Karkin Ohlone), founder, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust; Vincent Medina (Muwekma Ohlone).

 


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Loren Bommelyn

Loren Bommelyn

Loren Me'-lash-ne Bommelyn, until recently Tribal Chairman for the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation of northern California and southern Oregon, is his people’s most accomplished “tradition bearer” who has preserved, practiced and promoted Tolowa cultural traditions including its language... Read More →
avatar for Corrina Gould

Corrina Gould

Corrina Gould, from the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone, born and raised in Oakland, CA (the territory of Huichin), is the co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change. Her work includes preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors in the Bay Area... Read More →
avatar for Valentin Lopez

Valentin Lopez

Valentin Lopez, Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, one of three historic tribes recognized as Ohlone, is President of the Amah Mutsun Land Trust and a Native American Advisor to: the University of California, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Phoebe Hearst Museum... Read More →
avatar for Marshall McKay

Marshall McKay

Marshall McKay (Yocha Dehe Wintun), an award-winning tribal leader, advocate and steward of indigenous cultural preservation, education and the arts who serves on many boards, councils and commissions, including the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, is Chairman... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina

Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) serves on the board of directors of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, a statewide organization that works to strengthen and foster California Indian languages, as well as on the steering committee of Slow Foods Turtle Island... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum

4:30pm

Narrative Healing: Restoring the World Through Storytelling | Indigenous Forum

Come experience the healing powers of storytelling first-hand in this rare opportunity to witness culture bearers perform traditional and contemporary stories from the heart of California Indian Country, followed by a discussion about the power of storytelling to restore balance to the world. Hosted by: Cara Romero. With: Calvin Hedrick (Mountain Maidu), Cultural Director, The Fifth Direction; Director of the Ti’at Society; L Frank Manriquez (Tongva-Acjachemen) artist and activist; Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok/Pomo/Wailaki/Yuki), Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Calvin Hedrick

Calvin Hedrick

Calvin Hedrick, a Mountain Maidu from Plumas County, California, is Director of The 5th Direction, a program working with Native youth and communities in Northern California. He has 17+ years' experience working with the American Indian Alaska Native community in California with a... Read More →
avatar for Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin, Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria, a descendant of the Hukuiko band of Coast Miwoks of Marin County and the Big Valley Band of Pomos of Lake County on his maternal side, and Round Valley, Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, was trained in traditional... Read More →
avatar for L Frank Manriquez

L Frank Manriquez

L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachmem), an award-winning Native California Indian artist working in many media (photography, painting, weaving, casting, etching, computer art, video, etc.), tribal scholar, community activist, and language advocate, has exhibited her artwork in many... Read More →
avatar for Cara Romero

Cara Romero

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum
 
Sunday, October 22
 

9:35am

Indigeneity Rights of Nature Update with Cara Romero, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Director
Workshop Speakers
avatar for Cara Romero

Cara Romero

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 9:35am - 9:47am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

9:47am

Cultural Resilience to Strengthen Our Communities and Defend the Earth
Introduction by Cara Romero, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Director

Kandi Mossett (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Native Energy and Climate Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), has emerged as a leading voice in the fight against environmental racism at Standing Rock and beyond. Kandi will share the powerful story of how her community drew on its cultural resilience to resist fracking in North Dakota, and how the re-assertion of tribal sovereignty, revitalization of language and restoration of traditional foodways can point the way to a just transition to a clean energy future for all of us.

Keynotes
avatar for Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Cara Romero

Cara Romero

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 9:47am - 10:12am
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

12:18pm

Place of Power: Ecosystem-Based Management & Reconciliation in Canada's Great Bear Rainforest

Introduction by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Associate Producer

As a primary architect of the globally significant 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, Jody dedicated 20+ years of her life to the insanely challenging, complex and ultimately successful struggle to protect the largest expanse of old-growth temperate rainforest in the world. This historic agreement formalizes a large-scale model for First Nations reconciliation and shared decision-making, ecologically responsible forestry, and absolute protection of 85% of the forest. Jody will explore how we can find durable solutions to our most “wicked” problems by examining the dynamics of power, gender, science and culture and by using tools drawn from whole systems thinking, innovative conflict resolution techniques and consensus decision-making.


Keynotes
avatar for Jody Holmes

Jody Holmes

Rainforest Solutions Project
Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director for the Rainforest Solutions Project (RSP), a coalition of Greenpeace, Sierra Club of BC and Stand.org (formerly ForestEthics), has dedicated 20+ years to achieving healthy human and ecological systems in the Great Bear Rainforest and was one of... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for J.P. Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies

J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Conference Associate Producer, affiliated with Bioneers since 1990, is a NYC-based consultant, conference producer, copy-editor and writer. A former Program Director at the New York Open Center and a senior review team member for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 12:18pm - 12:43pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

2:45pm

Building Large-Scale Land Conservation and Sustainable Development Coalitions

Representatives from some of the most innovative initiatives working to create broad-based coalitions to protect large ecosystems and guarantee sustainable development share their successful strategies. With: Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director of the Rainforest Solutions Project, which worked for 20+ years to bring together all the stakeholders, including many First Nations, to protect the Great Bear ecosystem, the world’s largest coastal temperate rainforest; Henry Izumizaki, Strategy Director for The Russell Family Foundation’s Puyallup Watershed Initiative, a bold new model of community centered change in a vast region of the Pacific Northwest; Deon Ben (Navajo), Native American Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust, working to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau. Hosted by Jason Mark, Editor-in-Chief of the Sierra Club's magazine, Sierra.


Keynotes
avatar for Jody Holmes

Jody Holmes

Rainforest Solutions Project
Jody Holmes, Ph.D., Project Director for the Rainforest Solutions Project (RSP), a coalition of Greenpeace, Sierra Club of BC and Stand.org (formerly ForestEthics), has dedicated 20+ years to achieving healthy human and ecological systems in the Great Bear Rainforest and was one of... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Deon Ben

Deon Ben

Deon Ben (Navajo) from Tohatchi, New Mexico, is the Native American Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust, managing its Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversation Gathering. Trained in both traditional Native ways and contemporary environmental sciences, he has long worked to... Read More →
avatar for Henry Izumizaki

Henry Izumizaki

Henry Izumizaki, Strategy Director of The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF), with TRFF since 2006, currently leads its 10-year Puyallup Watershed Initiative, the foundation’s largest ever project. Prior to TRFF, Henry’s illustrious career of service included: founder, Transformation... Read More →
avatar for Jason Mark

Jason Mark

Jason Mark, the Editor-in-Chief of Sierra (the national magazine of the Sierra Club), has written for many leading publications including: The NY Times, The Nation, and ScientificAmerican.com, and is author of the book, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Showcase Theater

2:45pm

Pacific Connections: Indigenous Approaches to Climate Change from Qik'rtaq (Kodiak) to Hawaiʻi, and Aoteoroa (New Zealand) | Indigenous Forum
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
avatar for Alexis Bunten

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 FrameWorks... Read More →
avatar for Sven Haakanson, Jr.

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 →
avatar for Maui Solomon

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... Read More →
avatar for Kupuna M. Kalani Souza

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 serves... Read More →


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

5:00pm

SPECIAL INDIGENEITY PERFORMANCE: The Story of Everything by Kealoha

Hawaii’s Poet Laureate, Kealoha, presents a creation story in epic poem form that traces human origins from the Big Bang to the present day using a dazzling mix of science, poetry, storytelling, movement, music, visual art, and chanting. A multi-media feast for the soul, this performance explores life’s biggest questions—“Where do we come from?” “Where are we going?”—drawing from sources as diverse and yet interconnected as astrophysics, disco, biology, Michael Jackson, and the Kumulipo.


Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kealoha

Kealoha

Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i, is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller who has performed throughout the world from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He was honored as a “National Poetry Slam Legend” in 2010 and serves... Read More →


Sunday October 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Showcase Theater