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Architects of Abundance: Indigenous Regenerative Food Systems and the Excavation of Hidden History

March 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Colonization is an issue of climate justice. Contrary to popular belief, Indigenous Peoples leveraged immense influence on their surrounding lands, fires, and waters in ways that could heal our planet today. Whether it’s periodically burning grassland ecosystems with low severity fires to maintain habitat for deer, buffalo, antelope, etc, or building intertidal rock walls that catch sediment and warmer waters to expand clam habitat, native people have a number of innovative strategies for scaling habitat for edible plants and animals whom they often view as relatives.

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Lyla June Johnston as she translates this under-studied history to the contemporary world and highlights the connection between Indigenous land ethics, carbon sequestration, biodiversity augmentation, anthropogenic habitat expansion, and regional ecosystem connectivity. The success of these systems is believed to be due to their underlying value system of respect, reverence, responsibility and reciprocity.

Free and open to the public. In person AND on Zoom.


March 13, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


UCSC Merrill Cultural Center
641 Merrill Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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