Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. When is the 2018 symposium?

Our Annual 2018 symposium will take place on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, 2018. 


2. Where does the symposium take place?

The symposium takes place at the University of Washington in the Intellectual House—wǝɫǝbʔaltxw. 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.

For campus map please visit:


3. What is the 2018 symposium theme?

The 2018 symposium’s theme is “Sharing Across Generations: Honoring Indigenous Food Kinships.” We will be honoring our elders and youth with this theme.


4. Where do I register? 

Registration information is forthcoming. We use Brown Paper Tickets. There is a fee per ticket. Ticket costs are used for food and event expenses per guest. The committee aims to keep ticket fees at an affordable price—as a result we do not offer any discounts. UW students enter for free, but must show their student ID during registration at the door. You can register for one or two days. A continental breakfast and lunch are included in the registration price for each day.


5. Are discounted tickets available?

We strive to make ALL tickets discounted. We provide breakfast and lunch and snacks throughout the day. Also coffee and tea. The $ from the tickets does not entirely cover what we pay for the food and chef. All food is purchased from tribal members and local fishermen and we pay them the market price. The committee also fundraises to cover all the expenses for the event e.g. venue, honorariums for speakers, etc. We keep in mind the community and as a result, we volunteer our time to make this event affordable for all. Normally, symposium tickets range from $150-300, but that is not our goal as an indigenous led symposium. 


6. Is parking accessible for the event?

We do not provide free parking for this event.  However, attendees can park anywhere on campus, but parking fees are associated with campus parking.. The nearest parking structure to our event venue is Parking Lot (Padelford Garage – N16, N18, N20, N21). Please check campus map for directions to this parking structure. We are an Eco-friendly event and encourage attendees to utilize local transit, with many buses going to our Seattle campus.


7. Are there accommodations close to the event?

There are many nice hotels and motels close to the University of Washington. This link provides more information.


8. My organization or company wants to become a co-sponsor for this event. Who do I contact?

Our event is possible each year because of the generous financial and food contributions from our co-sponsors and volunteers. If you want to become a co-sponsor please contact us at:


9. I want to volunteer for this event. How do I sign up to be a volunteer?

Ey swayel! The coordinators of the Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium are recruiting volunteers for or annual Symposium scheduled for Friday May 4th – Saturday May 5th 2018 in the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House) at the University of Washington (UW).

We have a number of volunteer shifts available, which will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Please sign-up for volunteer shifts by May 2nd, 2018. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts. So that you don’t forget, please write down the shifts and times that you selected to fill.

If you have additional questions, please contact Stephanie Leon Riedl at by May 2nd.

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you this year!

Hoy chexw!

Link to sign up to volunteer: 


10. I want to present at this year’s symposium. What do I have to do?

OUR CALL FOR PRESENTERS HAS ENDED.  Accepted presenters will be notified soon. 

In the fall of 2017, we will announce a call for abstracts or project description with a deadline. Those with accepted abstracts and project descriptions will receive an email. Due to the high volume of abstracts we receive each year, we do not guarantee your presentation will be accepted, but we do our best to accommodate each submission. Our priority this year will be given to projects that fit our theme: “Sharing Across Generations: Honoring Indigenous Food Kinships.”


11. Is this event open to the public ?

We receive this question a lot and of course, this event is opened to the public. Registration information is forthcoming. Attendees can purchase a one-day or two-day ticket  at a minimal cost. The ticket costs allow us to provide all attendees a traditional foods lunch and dinner. Continental breakfast is also provided. We hire a native chef annually. More information on this year’s chef coming soon.