About

 

 

The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium will bring together individuals to share their knowledge on topics such as tribal food justice and security, traditional foods, health, community, place, responsibility, climate change, and treaty rights.

Indigenous peoples in the Northwest have maintained a sustainable way of life through a cultural, spiritual, and reciprocal relationship with their environment. This symposium serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as we, Native peoples, strive to sustain our cultural food practices and preserve our healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things.


First, we want to acknowledge and pay respect to the Coast Salish peoples whose traditional territory we are on and have granted us the opportunity to host many events. For the last three years the UW’s American Indian Studies Department has sponsored “The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxw: Indigenous Ways of Knowing Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge” Symposium and Summit which brought together individuals who shared their knowledge and expertise on topics such as tribal food sovereignty initiatives, food justice and security, traditional foods and health,and indigenous foods systems and global climate change. We are holding this Symposium and have retitled ourselves to “The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge”  to discuss how we can continue to utilize future symposia to better serve our indigenous communities as we continue to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks to sustain our cultural food practices and preserve our healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things. We have brought together a wonderful of speakers who will share their knowledge, ideas, and strategies with us. And, we look forward to all of sharing knowledge, strategies, and ideas in this framework of collaboration.

We come together in this incredible space. This space is the completion of the University of Washington’s Phase One of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxw (a Lushootseed word meaning Intellectual House) and fulfills a 40-year dream held by Native students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to construct a longhouse-style facility on UW’s Seattle campus that pays homage to Coast Salish culture and architectural traditions and will serve as a visible symbol honoring the region’s indigenous peoples.

Since we opened its doors on March 13, 2015, this space has been the hub of exciting activity. Our event symbolizes the living breath of the wǝɫǝbʔaltxw and embodies the essence of the work we envision doing in this intellectual and cultural space. The wǝɫǝbʔaltxw exemplifies the spirit of sharing, cooperation and commitment to indigenous knowledges and local and national indigenous communities. In the tradition of the Coast Salish peoples we raise our hands to all of you in thanks and appreciation for helping us make this a successful event!


Meet The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium Committee…