About the Nonfiction Workshop…

Sharing the stories of the land can be a powerful act of reciprocity with the earth. This interactive workshop will explore nature writing through the multiple lenses of traditional indigenous storytelling, scientific knowledge and the perspective of the “more than human” beings who have much to teach us. If the land is our teacher, how can we become better students? Through field experience, deep listening, shared readings and writing activities we will experiment with the teachings of the traditional medicine wheel as a guide to deepening the impact of environmental storytelling.

About the author…
Dr. Kimmerer is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She serves as the founding 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. Her research interests include the role of traditional ecological knowledge in ecological restoration and the ecology of mosses. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science education for Native students, and to create new models for integration of indigenous philosophy and scientific tools on behalf of land and culture. She is engaged in programs which introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. More about Robin at www.esf.edu/faculty/kimmerer/

Robin Wall Kimmerer
Public Reading — Friday, May 10
Ingram Auditorium, Brevard College — 7:30 pm
Book Signing to follow
Free Admission