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Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma/European descent), Ute's Homelands, 2022, oil on panel in two parts, Courtesy the artist and Hales London and New York. © Kay WalkingStick. Photo by JSP Art Photography

Pre-recording of Session IV: Robin Wall Kimmerer, What Does The Earth Ask Of Us?

The Land Carries Our Ancestors: John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2023
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Talks
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

From November 29 – December 6, register to view this pre-recorded event. 

We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth and yet we are tied to institutions which relentlessly ask what more can we take? Drawing upon both scientific and indigenous knowledges, this talk by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Robin Wall Kimmerer explores the covenant of reciprocity, how might we use these gifts and the responsibilities of human people in support of mutual thriving in a time of ecological crisis. 

About the Presenter

Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) is a mother, scientist, and decorated professor. A 2022 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Kimmerer’s writing has earned wide acclaim. Her books include Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses (John Burroughs Medal recipient for outstanding nature writing). She has published in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, and an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

Made possible by a grant from the Alice L. Walton Foundation.