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Dena'ina Plants as Food & Medicine Conference

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Dena'ina Wellness Center

508 Upland St.

Kenai, AK 99611

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The Kenaitze Indian Tribe will host the 2017 Dena’ina Plants as Food and Medicine Conference Sept. 16 and 17 at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai. The conference, a partnership between the tribe and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, will promote traditional plant knowledge, ethical harvesting and more. The tribe is honored to help bring the event to the Kenai Peninsula, which Dena’ina people call Yaghanen, “the good land.”

Highlights will include demonstrations, workshops and special presentations around the theme Nudnelyahi Qudulyi, meaning "that which grows medicine." Participants will gain traditional plant knowledge, and have a chance to embrace values of responsible stewardship of Alaska’s lands, waters, flora and fauna. The conference also will explore the history, traditions and values of the Dena’ina people while highlighting their rich lifeway and belief systems.

In hosting the event, the tribe and its partners seek to:

  • Encourage ethical harvesting and processing of Alaskan plants.
  • Promote traditional knowledge.
  • Offer education on plant storage, use, preparation and distribution.
  • Reinforce ethical considerations of traditional plant knowledge and address intellectional property rights.
  • Support the plants as food and medicine movement in Alaska.
  • Advocate on behalf of Alaskans around renewable resources and environmental protection.
  • Address climate change and how it affects Alaskan plants.

The tribe offers a warm chiqinik, thank you, to those who have supported and helped make this special event possible, including generous financial support from The CIRI Foundation and technical and financial support from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Through hard work and collaboration, we hope that the nutritional and healing benefits of plants will be respected and understood for generations to come.

REGISTRATION INFO

The registration fee includes two days of conference presentations, an opening night banquet featuring locally harvested fish, refreshments including a wild harvest tea bar and traditional food snack service, and two lunch services featuring wild harvested entrees.

LODGING

Two Kenai hotels are providing discounts for conference attendees. Both are just a few minutes away from the airport and the Dena’ina Wellness Center.

  • Aspen Hotels in Kenai is offering single queen rooms for $79.00 per night and double queen rooms for $99.00 per night. Call 907-283-2272 for reservations. Tell them you are attending the Dena’ina Plants as Food and Medicine Conference for discounted rates.
  • Quality Inn in Kenai is offering any room type for $79 per night. Call 907-283-2272 for reservations. Tell them you are attending the Dena’ina Plants as Food and Medicine Conference for discounted rates.

QUESTIONS?

For questions about presenters, the agenda or the conference, contact Tribal Doctor and Traditional Healer Estelle Thomson at ethomson@kenaitze.org or at 907-335-7586.

For questions about the Dena’ina Wellness Center, contact the center’s wellness program director Deb Nyquist at dnyquist@kenaitze.org.

BECOME A PRESENTER

Interested in presenting? Please fill out this form by Aug. 16, 2017.

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