It’s not the land that’s broken, it’s our relationship with the land that’s broken, and you and I can heal that.
2014: The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge and Conservation
2012: Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for a Sustainable Future
Robin Kimmerer is a botanist, a writer and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She teaches in the Department of Environment and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF, where she is the director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She is active in efforts to respectfully bring the wisdom of traditional ecological knowledge together with the tools of western science for our shared concerns for sustainability. Kimmerer is the author of “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses,” which received a John Burroughs Medal. Her talk, “Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for a Sustainable Future,” examines ways in which traditional indigenous approaches to the environment and harvest as practiced by the Potawatomi can teach us valuable lessons about healing our own relationship to the living earth.
On Changing The World
There exists lots of information on restoration, agroecology, ethics, …but it has to get out there. How to diffuse such innovation? I think Dr. Kimmerer has a key: find one’s own gift and spread it. The Great Work