"Endangered Native Languages, Lands, and Natural Resources"
Conference Keynote Address presented by Penn Humanities Forum by Winona LaDuke
Winona LaDuke is the executive director of Honor the Earth, the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, and a renowned Native American Activist. As the keynote speaker for the 3-day conference, Translating Across Time and Space: Endangered Languages, Cultural Revitalization, and the Work of History, LaDuke will discuss her work with both of these organizations specifically regarding tribal land claims and preservations, sustainable development, and Native environmental issues. Inspired by Anishinaabe prophecies about the time of the Seventh Fire, LaDuke surveys the two paths—or miikanan—that lie ahead: one that is well-worn but scorched, and the other that is green.
Bethany Wiggin, PPEH director and topic director for this year’s Translation program, joins LaDuke onstage following her remarks for a conversation on how Native leadership today is creating integrated ways of knowing and being, from traditional environmental knowledge to the environmental humanities.
The conference is presented by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Library of the American Philosophical Society and cosponsored by the Penn Humanities Forum, and runs from 13-15 October, 2016.