Rooting our Lives in a Sustainable Paradigm
Traditional Knowledge Story 73

Rooting our Lives in a Sustainable Paradigm

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John Ahni Schertow
October 18, 2008
 

Evon Peter, the Executive Director of Native Movement and former Chief of the Neetsaii Gwich’in from northeastern Alaska, spoke at the third annual Symposium For Food and Seed Sovereignty on September 26-27, 2008 in Tesuque, New Mexico.

A well-recognized advocate of Indigenous Peoples rights, youth, and a balanced world, Evon spoke for about twenty minutes on Traditional knowledge systems, culture, the importance of supporting one another, and other key issues surrounding the need and value of rooting our lives in a sustainable paradigm (as opposed to following the rootless colonial paradigm that now drives us toward collective self-destruction).

Other participants of the symposium included Galen D. Knight, who talked about Integrating Indigenous Wisdom, Nutrition, Environment, and Immune Support; Rowen Kanienten:hawi White, who focused on Haudenosaunee Native Seed Conservation: Creating a Community Based Seed Network; and, among others, Ben Powless, who discussed the Challenges of Climate Change and Climate Justice.

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