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Rhythms of the Land: Indigenous Knowledge, Science, and Thriving Together in a Changing Climate

About This Event

We will present our research findings from Indigenous and rural societies in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and Oneida Lake Watershed in the United States of America. These Indigenous and rural communities have contributed least to the anthropogenic climate crisis but are facing its harshest consequences. While these peoples are largely ignored, we are creating an enabling environment for their voices to be heard at our three-day conference. Rhythms of the Land Conference will present findings from the Ecological Calendars for Climate Adaptation Project (ECCAP) undertaken by a team of students and scholars from the USA, Germany, Italy, and China.

Featured Guests

Sachem George, Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’ (Cayuga Nation) Karim-Aly Kassam, Cornell University James Ross, Teetl’it Gwich’in, Past Chief of Fort McPherson and Negotiator of the Gwich’in Land Claim Agreement Cyrus Samimi, University of Bayreuth Frederick McDonald, Painter, Photographer, and Poet, Past-Chief Executive Officer Fort McKay First Nation Natani Notah, Navajo interdisciplinary artist and educator Tony David, Director, Environmental Division, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe David Archambault, Former Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman James Ransom, Past Chief Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Past Director, Environment Program, SRMT


Participants and sponsors in the Rhythms of the Land conference will include the American Geophysical Union, American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program and faculty partners and thought leaders from the South Asia Program, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell Botanical Gardens, the Atkinson Center for Sustainability, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Department of Performing and Media Arts, Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University, American University of Central Asia, and the University of Central Asia. Communities: Pamir Mountains (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Xinjiang), Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and Lake Oneida Collaborators: Cornell University, Bayreuth University, Mediterranean Climate Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Oct. 11, 2021, 9 a.m.

Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell Botanic Gardens

LLC23: Social and Cultural Sustainability in South Asia

Host: Cornell University

RSVP by Oct. 10, 2021

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