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Religion & Ecology Summit: Indigenous Lifeways, Cosmologies, and Ecology

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California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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The Fifth Annual Religion & Ecology Summit at CIIS: Indigenous Lifeways, Cosmologies, and Ecology

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The graduate program of Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion (ESR) at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) invites you to the fifth annual Religion & Ecology Summit.

Friday, March 20, 9 AM - 6 PM

at CIIS, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94013

(ADA accessible, please contact for special arrangements)

Indigenous Lifeways, Cosmologies, & Ecology:

connecting to the past, restor(y)ing the present and future

Native, Indigenous, and Tribal approaches to biocultural stewardship and sacred sites resonate with the Religion and Ecology discourse that seeks to understand how religious beliefs and practices affect the natural world. The 2020 Religion & Ecology Summit, taking place on Ramaytush Ohlone territory at the CIIS San Francisco campus, will focus attention on the biocultural restoration work of Bay Area Indigenous communities, including the interconnected areas of food sovereignty, stewardship of ancestral lands, and protection of sacred sites. Other presentations will address environmental justice and the broader context of Religion & Ecology.

“A worldview that understands indigeneity is a paradigm of regeneration.”

- Dr. Melissa Nelson

Presentation topics include:

  • Connecting to the Past: San Francisco’s Indigenous Peoples
  • Legal and Policy Contexts for Stewarding Indigenous Land and Sacred Sites
  • Connecting with the Land: Traditional Ohlone Foods
  • Healing Lands and Peoples: Responding to Contemporary Challenges through Stewardship, Land Trusts, Food Sovereignty, Coalition Building, and Indigenous Knowledge

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Gregg Castro (Salinan, Rumsien & Ramaytush Ohlone), California Indigenous Writer and Activist of the Association for the Ramaytush Ohlone
  • Kanyon CoyoteWoman Sayers-Roods (Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash), Indigenous Generalized Specialist, Activist, Artist and Educator of the Association for the Ramaytush Ohlone
  • Val Lopez (Mutsun, Awaswas, Chumash and Yokuts Ohlone), Native American Advisor, Educator, and Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band
  • Melissa Nelson, PhD (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Anishinaabe, Cree, Métis, and Norwegian), Native ecologist, writer, media-maker and indigenous scholar-activist, President/CEO of The Cultural Conservancy
  • Beth Rose Middleton, PhD (Afro-Caribbean, Eastern European), Associate Professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis
  • Seth Davis, PhD, Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Natasha Deganello Giraudie, Creative Director and Founder of Micro-Documentaries
  • Michael Pom Preston (Winnemem Wintu), Indigenous and Eco-Activist and Community Leader, Director
  • Tatjana Kochetkova, PhD, Assistant Professor at Jindal Global Law School
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Researcher, Co-founder and Co-director of the Yale Forum on Religion & Ecology

Convened by Elizabeth Allison, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at CIIS.

Registration includes admission to day-long Summit with refreshments and a very special lunch catered by the contemporary Ohlone cuisine from mak-'amham.

what is mak-'amham? (from their website)

mak-'amham (mahk-am-haam) means our food in the Chochenyo Ohlone language. Chochenyo is the Native language to the Eastern shores of San Francisco Bay, the area collectively known as "the East Bay."

We are a Native American, Ohlone-run organization that operates in our indigenous homelands; we work to revive and strengthen traditional Ohlone foods for the wellness of our people, and we run Cafe Ohlone at University Press Books/Musical Offering in xučyun (Berkeley). We work to keep our cuisine and culture strong to honor those before us who loved these powerful foods, and to have greater visibility for the Ohlone community that we are a part of. All our food is indigenous to California, specifically to the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area. All of the primary ingredients mak-'amham utilizes are foods that would be recognizable and attainable in the traditional Ohlone world before contact with outside forces.

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We offer tiered ticketing for financial accessibility. Please choose the ticketing tier that is most accessible to you. If you have more to contribute, the Tier 1 General Admission + Giving Extra helps support ticket-holders in Tier 2 or 3.

Advanced Sales until February 21

Tier 1 - General admission + Giving Extra $75

Tier 2 - General admission $50

Tier 3 - Students and Low Income $10

Regular Sales until March 19

Tier 1 - General admission + Giving Extra $100

Tier 2 - General admission $75

Tier 3 - Students and Low Income $10

Work-Trade positions available.

Questions may be emailed to the organizing committee at esr@ciis.edu or sgiarratana@ciis.edu.

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