This year's Sidore Series, "Honoring the Mother of All People; Contemporary Indigenous Leadership in Revitalizing Environmental and Cultural Sustainability," will consider how Indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage can deepen our thinking about sustainable futures.
VIDEOS OF EVENTS:
Video: Contemporary Indigenous Peoples of New Hampshire: Honoring Mother Earth through Sustainability. Held Nov. 23, 2020.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Monday, November 23rd, 2020, 4:00 -- 5:30 p.m.
Theme of the Discussion: There is a growing movement to reframe New Hampshire’s history, correcting a common misconception in history books that the Native Peoples of New Hampshire perished with colonization. This panel will celebrate the Native Peoples living among us today, including the Cowasuck Abenaki and related Pennacook communities. Panelists will describe N’Dakinna (Our Homelands) and the relationship between the people of the region and their environment, including places within the New Hampshire landscape that we all recognize. They will consider the meaning of sustainability from an Indigenous perspective in relation to both culture and the environment in our region, including topics such as climate change, air and water pollution, resilient ecosystems, and food security. Finally, we will ask what Native Peoples of New Hampshire need from the citizens and institutions of New Hampshire in order to continue to practice, reclaim, and share (when appropriate) the Indigenous knowledge and practices of both ancestors and contemporaries.
Panelists: Kathleen Blake, Koasek Band of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation; James Edgell, Mohawk, Mi’Kmaq, and Wabanaki (Chick family of Newmarket); Anne Jennison, Abenaki Storyteller; Denise Pouliot, Sag8moskwa of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki People; Paul Pouliot, Sag8mo of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki People; Daniel Howard, Ph.D. (Moderator), citizen of Shawnee Tribe/Cherokee Nation, Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at UNH.
Event #2 Decolonizing Science: Examples of Alternative Research Practice
tentative date: February 24, 2021, 4:00 -- 5:30 p.m.
Decolonizing requires us to recognize the limits of Western science and reconcile academic research with Indigenous ways of knowing. This panel will showcase efforts within our region to bring Indigenous knowledge and decolonial approaches into scholarly methodologies, including the collection, stewardship, and analysis of data from Native lands.
Panel Moderator: Darren Ranco; Panelists: Simone Whitecloud, Suzanne Greenlaw, Natalie Mitchell
Event #3 Co-Producing Knowledge for a Sustainable World
March 2021 date, TBA
This panel will highlight Arctic voices discussing links between cultural and environmental sustainability. The goal is to provide New Hampshire residents with a better understanding of how sustainable futures in the North connect with our own experiences.
Panel Moderator: Catherine Cole; Panelist from Nunavut to Labrador
Event #4 The Power of Storytelling in Indigenous Ways of Knowing
tentative date: April 22, 2021, 4:00 -- 5:30 p.m.
This event will highlight the power of storytelling and oral traditions in sharing knowledge within Indigenous communities. Anne Jennison, an Abenaki storyteller and UNH alumna, has been telling Native American stories and teaching throughout New England for over three decades. Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, a Traditional Storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation of the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada, is founder of the Yukon International Storytelling Festival and the Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry.
Panelists: Anne Jennison, Louise Profeit-LeBlanc
Event #5 “The Council” – A Dramatic Reading
May 2021 date, TBA
This event will center on the dramatic reading of the play “The Council” by William Yellow Robe Jr., a member of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes raised on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. “The Council” describes the struggle of (hu)man to recognize his relationship among animals and potential for destructive power. The dramatic reading of the play will be followed by a panel discussion with the actors relating the themes of the play to contemporary issues in environmental sustainability and climate change.
Event #6. Reflections Across Generations: Indigenous Youth and Sustainability
May/June 2021 date, TBA
This panel will discuss generational differences on how early career STEM researchers with Indigenous heritage and trained in western science view environmental change and sustainability. It will highlight what Indigenous activists have argued for years: that the extractive global economy has overshot sustainable limits, surpassing ecological tipping points. Fortunately, there is an accelerating movement for humanity to listen and respond to persistent Indigenous voices, urging a return to more holistic relationships with the environment and promoting knowledge systems that cross multiple generations.