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Talk – Wabanaki plant gathering in Acadia National Park: Mobilizing Indigenous Knowledge to restore traditional sweet grass harvesting

November 14, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free
Suzanne Greenlaw and Shantel Neptune walking through a salt marsh
Suzanne Greenlaw and Shantel Neptune walking through a salt marsh. Photo credit: Holland Havercamp

The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine.

This talk will not be recorded.

Speaker: Suzanne Greenlaw, School of Forest Resources, UMaine

Suzanne currently co-leads a project that facilitates the development of plant gathering agreements between the Wabanaki Nations and Acadia National Park. This interdisciplinary works focuses on Wabanaki stewardship approaches and cultural protocols to assert indigenous sovereignty within natural resource management. In this talk, Suzanne will focus on the Indigenous Research Methodology and participatory action research approach to facilitate sweetgrass gathering in Acadia National Park. Her research aims to provide a template of culturally appropriate engagement between Native American gatherers and National Parks.

Suzanne Greenlaw is a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and a Ph.D candidate at the University of Maine School of Forest Resources. She is an ethnobotanist focused on mobilizing Indigenous Knowledge and cultural practices to address Indigenous cultural resource issues such as reduced access, invasive species planning, and loss of traditional food sources.



November 14, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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107 Norman Smith Hall
Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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