Sense of Place Series: Indigenous Perspectives on Earth and Sky

Dr. Gregory Cajete, PhD is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Native American Studies program at the University of New Mexico. He is a renowned author and artist from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has pioneered reconciling Indigenous perspectives in science with a western academic setting. His focus is on teaching culturally based science, with its emphasis on health and wellness.

September 10, 2020

Dr. Kimmerer is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. She continues her work as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

August 20, 2020

Ka’iu Kimura spoke about the importance of place and of growing up in a Native Hawaiian family with close ties to places of familial connections on Hawai’i Island. She discusses the creation of the `Imiloa Astronomy Center on the University of Hawai’i campus in Hilo, and how it was built on a foundation of collaboration between culture, science and community amidst tensions over the further development of astronomy in HawaiĘ»i.

June 18, 2020

Dr. Little Bear compares the historical foundations of scientific thought from European and Indigenous perspectives, identifying paradigm differences that have become contemporary challenges to collaboration in resource management.

May 28, 2020

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