What: Part 1: Essay - The Serviceberry by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Where: ZOOM - link is provided in registration confirmation (see link below)
Presented by NE Village PDX (NEV)
Description: Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the award winning author of New York Times Bestseller Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants and Winner of the 2005 John Burroughs Medal Award for Natural History Writing Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, as well as several impactful essay and short stories others. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
“As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to reimagine currencies of exchange?” This story is available as a 45:05 minute audio version as narrated by the author. A worthy choice or can be read at your leisure.
Both written and audio content for this discussion can be found by clicking here: https://emergencemagazine.org/essay/the-serviceberry/
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November: Native American Heritage Month
“Native peoples have burst into the consciousness of many Americans over the course of the last year. From the organizing power against racist Native sports mascots, major victories against oil pipelines that undermine Tribal sovereignty, and the McGirt v. Oklahoma Supreme Court decision that affirmed Native lands, Native peoples have interrupted the dominant narrative of who we are in the 21st Century.” - http://indigenousfutures.illuminatives.org
To honor and commemorate Native American Heritage Month we invite you to join in centering Native/Indigenous leaders in the present tense. Let us listen, read and reflect. In this 3 part mini-series we will explore an essay, interview, and video series. Each piece is dynamic with art, photography, interactive maps or/and an audio clip alongside the written work. This series is much like our book or movie groups where you take in the media prior to gathering with others then reflect and discuss what you learned, enjoyed or felt.
All portions of this mini-series can be found through Emergence Magazine online and each part is individually linked below.
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“ Emergence Magazine is an online publication with an annual print edition. Emergence Magazine is an editorially independent initiative of Kalliopeia Foundation.”
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Hosted November 12th through November 27th there are a myriad of events, webcast, webinars, and The Native Cinema Showcase.
IllumiNatives - “Created and led by Native peoples, IllumiNative is a new nonprofit initiative designed to increase the visibility of – and challenge the negative narrative about – Native Nations and peoples in American society. For decades, the lack of representation and information about Native peoples has perpetuated damaging myths and stereotypes. Native peoples rank at or near the bottom of most socio-economic indicators – such as educational attainment, domestic violence, and poverty – and are often portrayed in popular entertainment, the news media, educational curricula and other influential sources as ‘noble savages’ of days gone by. But research shows that a more powerful, more accurate, and more inspiring narrative about the contemporary Native experience – one of innovation, creativity, resilience and community – is being overlooked and obscured the negative one. IllumiNative seeks to change that.“
Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement - “Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth. Imagine this practice widely adopted: imagine cultural venues, classrooms, conference settings, places of worship, sports stadiums, and town halls, acknowledging traditional lands. Millions would be exposed—many for the first time—to the names of the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the lands they are on, inspiring them to ongoing awareness and action. “
Native Land Digital - What land do you inhabit? “Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as our map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide. We strive to go beyond old ways of talking about Indigenous people and to develop a platform where Indigenous communities can represent themselves and their histories on their own terms. In doing so, Native Land Digital creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.”