Webinar 3: Indigenous Dialogues on Root Causes: Climate Justice and COVID-19 in California

This webinar will center dialogue on the importance of Indigenous Ecological Knowledges in California, and will offer critical perspectives on the Covid-19 pandemic as a symptomatic expression of the social and ecological imbalances wrought by colonial violence and the logics of enclosure and extraction. Julie Cordero-Lamb and Hana Aqiwo Lee of the Syuxtun Plant Mentorship Collective will speak to the crucial role that medicinal plant tending, harvesting, and processing continues to play in community health for the Coastal Chumash and their ancestral lands. Melinda Adams (San Carlos Apache Tribe) will share perspectives from her doctoral research at UC Davis on cultural burns, emphasizing the role of Indigenous fire practitioners in the maintenance of healthy ecosystems, communities, and cultures.

About our speakers

Melinda M. Adams, M.S. belongs to the N’dee, San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona and grew up in Albuquerque New Mexico. She is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Native American Studies and currently conducts research within the Environmental Policy and Management department at the University of California Davis- unceded Southern Wintun territory.

Melinda’s heartwork focuses on the reclamation of Indigenous land stewardship practices (specifically, cultural fire) at the intersection of ecology, environmental policy and rooted in Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies. Her work privileges Matriarchal Ecological Knowledge and seeks to: contextualize climate observations via intergenerational knowledge transfer, provide space for socio-ecological-cultural healing, and inform CA state fire and climate policy.

Chumash Syuxtun Traditional Ecological Knowledge Collective
Julie Cordero-Lamb (she.her)
Hana Aqiwo Lee (They/she)

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