By UW Sustainability | Jan 14, 2020
Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Indigenous Foods Symposium

The UW American Indian Studies Department and Na’ah Illahee Fund invite Individual, Panel, or Workshop abstracts for the “Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Indigenous Foods Symposium to be held on May 1 & 2, 2020 at the University of Washington’s wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House.

Submissions are due on January 20, 2020.

The 2020 theme is “Food is Resistance! Water. Soil. Seeds.” The symposium is seeking abstracts that focus on maintaining and revitalizing Indigenous food systems that resist colonization and center our traditional foods and ecological knowledge. Strengthening our Indigenous foodways reaffirms our relationships to our homelands and waterways and supports individual and community health.

Individual presentations will be 20 minutes in length. Panels (3 or more presenters) will be 60 minutes in length. These are concurrent hands-on, interactive small group activity sessions and will take place in the afternoon after lunch. They will be 60 minutes in length with a collaborative discussion following the sessions. All abstract submissions must include the title of the Individual, Panel or Workshop presentation, a short description of the Individual, Panel or Workshop presentation (150-200 words), and the name/s of presenter/s, email address/es, tribal affiliation and/or organization/academic institution. If you have any questions contact

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The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium began in 2013 and each year it has brought together individuals who have shared their knowledge on topics such as tribal food justice and security, traditional foods, health, community, place, responsibility, climate change, and treaty rights. This symposium serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as Native peoples strive to sustain cultural food practices and preserve healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things.