Dunes Learning Center hosts webinar series on indigenous science

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Published on November 04, 2020 with No Comments

Kaya DeerInWater (far right), one of the Dunes Learning Center webinar series speakers, leads an in-person program on harvesting indigenous foods.

Dunes Learning Center is hosting a series of webinars in November, in honor of National Native American Heritage Month. Indigenous people have a unique view of the environment, and, In this series, indigenous speakers will explore the strengths and limitations of using Western science and how indigenous science can help to manage resources for a sustainable future.

Through five sessions, speakers will compare indigenous and Western science, examine language and cultural bias, and discuss food systems, land management techniques, gardening, and more. The series is intended for educators, land managers, environmentalists, or anyone interested in diversifying their science skills and learning practical, sustainable ways of working with our environment. Registration and full details about the speakers are online at DunesLearningCenter.org/programs.

“Indigenous science is a distinct tool for understanding our relationship with the land,” says Billie Warren, citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and facilitator for the series. “Everyone can learn from indigenous cultures and how our peoples have lived with the land for generations.”

The webinars are every Monday in November from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Supporters include Interpreters and Scientists Working On Our Parks (iSWOOP), Indiana Dunes National Park, and the Dunes Learning Center The 2020 corporate event sponsors, included ArcelorMittal, Enbridge, Franklin Pest Solutions, Friends of Indiana Dunes, Grow With Trees Company, Keramida Inc., Lakeshore Public Media, Mark J. Mihalo Family Dentistry, J.F. Pelkey – Attorney at Law, Pratt Industries, and Wickcraft Boardwalks.



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