Back to the Future: Indian Traditional Landcare Practices and Modern Community-based Biocultural Restoration May 15-16
Cost: $130 (includes camping and meals)
This 2 day workshop at Emerald Earth will be taught by Dennis Martinez, a specialist in ecocultural restoration. He will focus on how the land looked when the indigenous Indian people were burning these mountains and valleys on a regular basis, and how this positively affected the integrity and health of the North coast ecosystems while providing a rich bounty for its peoples. Dennis will relate this ecologically healthier and fire-proof past with the degradation that has occurred since Indians were removed from their landcare roles, and share ideas on how to restore a semblance of the past while adapting to current environmental conditions. Fire as a restoration tool will be discussed, as well as how to deal with water loss, fire hazard, diseases like SODS, and the names and uses of native plants. Finally, Dennis will talk about intergenerational community biocultural restoration and restoration economy during these hard times. A tour of Emerald Earth community homes, gardens and on-site forestry/restoration projects will be included.
Dennis Martinez is of O’odham, Chicano, and Swedish heritage. He has worked in ecocultural restoration for nearly 39 years in temperate terrestrial, and tropical terrestrial and aquatic-marine ecosystems as a restoration and ethno-ecologist. He is Founder and Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Restoration Network of the Society for Ecological Restoration International and is Co-Director of the Takelma Intertribal Project. He works internationally with community-based Indigenous Peoples on cultural rights, resource access and protection, climate change, forest restoration, and bridging Western Science with Traditional Ecological Knowledge. He is a well-known speaker and writer, has received awards in restoration and social justice, and was an awardee in the Ecotrust-Buffet Award for Indigenous Conservation Leadership in NW North America. He currently is focusing on climate change, is on the steering committee of the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Assessment, and consults with the National Congress of American Indians and the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Network on Indigenous adaptation and mitigation of climate change.