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Sharing and Adapting Ancient Knowledge in Northwestern North America
Thu, 27 October 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Biodiversity Lecture Series with Nancy Turner
“A rose by many other names”: Sharing and Adapting Ancient Knowledge in Northwestern North America
In Northwestern North America, plants have supported the survival and well-being of First Peoples of the region for over 13,000 years, providing them with the necessities of life: nutritious foods, materials for construction and implements, fuel, medicines and ceremonial items. Many culturally important plants – over 250 species – are named in multiple Indigenous languages of the area, often reflecting common usage across different speech communities and language families. How did people acquire this rich knowledge about plants and their ecology? How did they pass on their knowledge, practices, and beliefs from generation to generation, from family to family, and from community to community? And, how did they adapt these practices to the new and changing situations they encountered? Even more importantly, in the face of these rapidly changing times, how can this precious knowledge be recognized, maintained, and perpetuated for the benefit of future generations both within and beyond First Nations’ communities?
Earth Sciences Building (across from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum)
Ross Beaty Lecture Theatre
Doors: 6:30 pm
Lecture starts: 7:00 pm
About the speaker
Nancy J. Turner, CM, OBC, PhD, FRSC, FLS, is an ethnobotanist whose research focuses on traditional knowledge systems and traditional land and resource management systems of Indigenous Peoples of western Canada. She is recently retired from her position as Distinguished Professor and Hakai Professor in Ethnoecology in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada and is now Professor Emeritus. She is also a 2016 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation fellow. She has worked with, and learned from, First Nations elders and cultural specialists in northwestern North America for over 45 years, helping to document, retain and promote their traditional knowledge of plants and environments, including Indigenous foods, materials and traditional medicines. Her two-volume book, Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America (July, 2014; McGill-Queen’s University Press), represents an integration of her long term research. She has authored or co-authored/co-edited 19 other books, including: Plants of Haida Gwaii; The Earth’s Blanket; and “Keeping it Living”: Traditions of Plant Use and Cultivation on the Northwest Coast of North America, as well as over 120 book chapters and peer-reviewed papers. She has received a number of awards for her work, including: Richard Evans Schultes Award in Ethnobotany from the Healing Forest Conservancy, Washington DC (1997); Canadian Botanical Association Award, Lawson Medal for lifetime contributions to Canadian Botany in the field of Ethnobotany (2002); Order of British Columbia, and elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (both 1999); Order of Canada (2009); Distinguished Economic Botanist of the year, Society for Economic Botany (2011); and honorary degrees from Vancouver Island University and University of British Columbia (both 2011), University of Northern British Columbia (2014) and Simon Fraser University (2015); and the James Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award Award from the American Botanical Council, the Klinger Award from the Society for Economic Botany, and the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences from the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, for her book, Ancient Pathways.
About the venue
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