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Engaged Scholar Critical Community Engagement Roundtable – Unci Maka: Our Relationship with Grandmother Earth: Selling the Earth and Everything on Her! A Lakhota Perspective on Climate Change, Colonization, Consumption, Healing and Healthy Environments!
November 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
Fall 2019 Theme: Unsettling Ourselves
Unci Maka: Our Relationship with Grandmother Earth: Selling the Earth and Everything on Her! A Lakhota Perspective on Climate Change, Colonization, Consumption, Healing and Healthy Environments!—3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, Native American Medicine Garden
Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun will define what it means to be Lakhota, how that impacts our existence on Unci Maka, and the responsibility to Unci Maka that is embedded in our land-based cultures. He will explore the commoditization of land, air and water to produce an unnatural and unsustainable ‘life style’ and discuss ways to change this way of ‘life’ to a more natural, peaceful, and healthy way of living. Discuss how the grooming practices of colonialism is an incredible process to keep people focused or entrenched in unhealthiness; to normalize it. Define what it means to be self-sufficient and how revitalizing our ancestral land-based cultures does more than decolonizing. Learn how quickly this cultural revitilization can reverse Climate Change and bring back the natural environments of Unci Maka and, when practiced, these indigenous land-based cultural practices help create healthy soils, which lead to healthy environments and healthy lives for Mitakuye Oyasin.
This series is cosponsored by Department of American Indian Studies and Office of Public Engagement.