Join indigenous scholar-activist Melissa K. Nelson with author and Zen teacher Wendy Johnson as they delve into the fascinating and far-reaching issue of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and eco-cultural restoration. In a time when ecosystems are stressed to the point of collapse and traditional ways are increasingly threatened, our ability to slow down, ask questions, and discern the difference between reaction and wisdom is becoming critical.
Nelson and Johnson explore the links between the sciences and the humanities, raising questions along the way—can we listen to the land as our ancient ancestors did, with care and reverence? How can we restore our sense of kinship and intimacy with the more-than-human world? Come be a part of this vital conversation about what it means to create sustainable communities at the edge of the cultivated and wild worlds.
Melissa K. Nelson is a Native ecologist, writer, media-maker, and indigenous scholar-activist. She is an associate professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and president of The Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights organization. Her work is dedicated to indigenous revitalization, environmental restoration, intercultural understanding, and the renewal and celebration of community health and cultural arts. She teaches courses in Native Science and Indigenous environmental studies. Her first edited book is Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings For a Sustainable Future (2008). Melissa is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary film, The Salt Song Trail: Bringing Creation Back Together (2004). Melissa just completed co-editing a new anthology Keepers of the Green World: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Sustainability for Cambridge University Press. Her writings appear in both academic and popular journals and anthologies. Melissa is Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian and an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
Wendy Johnson is an ordained lay dharma teacher in the traditions of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the San Francisco Zen Center. As one of the founders of the organic farming program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Wendy has been teaching organic agriculture and meditation for decades. Since its inception in 1995, she has been a mentor and advisor to the Edible Schoolyard Project affiliated with Chez Panisse restaurant. She is a founding instructor of the College of Marin's innovative Organic Farm and Gardening Project established in 2009, where she currently teaches organic agriculture. In 2000 Wendy and her husband, Peter Rudnick, received the annual Sustainable Agriculture Award from the National Ecological Farming Association. She writes a quarterly column on gardening for Tricycle Magazine, and she is the author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate.