Indigenous nations that have lived on the North American continent for at least 15,000 years were inherently sustainable, while the modern dominant society has brought us all to the brink of existence in 500 short centuries.
Toward a Transformational Land Ethic:
The Role of Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Diversity
Lecture and Discussion
Speaker: Ms. Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes), Lecturer, American Indian Studies, California State University San Marcos; independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
6:00pm to 7:00pm PST
Online via Zoom
About the Topic
The master narrative of the U.S. settler state has depicted Indigenous peoples as ignorant savages, incapable of wise land (and ocean) use, helping to legitimize and justify violent conquest. Yet the truth is that the Indigenous nations that have lived on the North American continent for at least 15,000 years were inherently sustainable while the modern dominant society has brought us all to the brink of existence in 500 short centuries.
In this talk, Professor Gilio-Whitaker will draw upon the topic of her forthcoming book which argues that a sustainable future on this continent must simultaneously incorporate Indigenous knowledge and a decolonial ethic of political accountability to Indigenous nations for its ongoing genocidal settler structure.
About the Speaker
Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and an independent consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning. Dina’s research focuses on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. At CSUSM she teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians and sports, and decolonization. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. As a public intellectual, Dina brings her scholarship into focus as an award-winning journalist as well, contributing to numerous online outlets including Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times, High Country News and many more. Dina is co-author with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz of Beacon Press’s “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016), and her most recent book, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, was released in 2019.
- It’s Taken Thousands of Years, but Western Science is Finally Catching Up to Traditional Knowledge, The Conversation, article by James Padolsey/Unsplash, Feb.14, 2018
- Read the two-part series: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of Settler Privilege, Beacon Broadside/Beacon Press, by Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Nov.8, 2018
- View Video: Protecting the Coast with Tolowa Dee-ni’, a KCET production,
Lecture Location: Online via Zoom
Title: Class #IEPG 8666A: Intl. Marine Policy Speaker Series
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