2014 Symposium

2014 Symposium

Living Breath of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Ways of Knowing Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge Symposium

2014 September Symposium

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The University of Washington’s American Indian Studies Department invites you to a two-day symposium on September 26 and 27, 2014, in the Center for Urban Horticulture at the UW’s Seattle campus. “The Living Breath of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Ways of Knowing Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge,” symposium will bring together individuals to share their knowledge and expertise on topics such as tribal food sovereignty initiatives, food justice and security, traditional foods and health, indigenous foods systems and global climate change, and treaty water and fishing rights.

Confirmed panelists include Valerie Segrest, Micah McCarty, Nitanis Desjarlais, Devon Peña, Tracy Rector, Preston Hardison, Dawn Morrison, Jason Gobin, Michelle Daigle, Jeff Corntassel, Michelle Montgomery, Glen Pinkham, Clarita Begay, and Ramon Shiloh.

Sessions include a plant walk with Valerie Segrest, traditional foods from a chef’s perspective with Ramon Shiloh, creating a traditional foods cookbook with Clarita Begay, living off the grid with Nitanis Desjarlais.

Panel titles include, “Re-honoring the relational roots of Indigenous food sovereignty,” “Nurturing Hearts of Service and Cultivating Knowledge of Traditional Foods: An Overview of NWIC Youth Outreach & Education Activities,” “Coming Full Circle, Northwest Tribal Food Sovereignty/Security Initiatives.”

We will also have a Coast Salish foods table where attendees can sample coastal and regional foods. The table will include the Lushootseed names of the foods and history of how these foods were traditionally prepared.

Registration includes a local, organic, and traditional lunch on both days prepared by Chef Ramon Shiloh and Catering by Nicole.


To get the EARLY BIRD PRICE PLEASE REGISTER NOW: 125.00 for two days and 75.00 for one day. Please register before 12PM on Friday, September 12, 2014. After that the late registration fee is 140.00 per two days and 90.00 per day. Online registration will close September 23. After September 23 you must register with the conference on the first day to attend. We urge you to register early! Our seats will fill quickly.

Regular Registrations:



All students with a UW ID are admitted free subject to available seating. Students should check in at the registration desk.

In honor of the Northwest Indian College “Our Food Is Our Medicine” conference taking place September 25 and 26th, their participants can attend our conference for a reduced fee. Participants with their OFIOM registration receipt can attend our event for $50.00. To get this rate you must register the day you attend at our registration table. Cash or checks only.

Elders may be admitted free by emailing Dian Million or contacting Dian Million at the registration table on the first day you attend. For all registration questions please email Dian Million with “conference registration” in the subject line: dianm@uw.edu, or leave a message at (206) 543-9082.

For more information on the symposium schedule and details contact:
Dr. Charlotte Coté (Nuu-chah-nulth), Planning Committee Chair
Phone (206) 221-6549