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Talk – Wabanaki plant gathering in Acadia National Park: Mobilizing Indigenous Knowledge to restore traditional sweet grass harvesting
November 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm| Free
The talk will be held virtually via Zoom and in-person at 107 Norman Smith Hall, UMaine.
- Virtual attendance: Complete the registration form to receive Zoom connection information.
- In-person attendance: Attendees must follow UMaine’s COVID-19 guidelines.
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.