GENEVA — A member of a Native American tribe in Oklahoma will offer his perspective on global climate change Thursday. Daniel Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation, will speak on “Enacting Indigenuity in an Age of Global Environmental Crisis” at Albright Auditorium on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
His talk, part of the Melvin Hill Visiting Professorship Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Wildcat is director of the American Indian Studies Program and the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
His work incorporates a vital cultural project for policy change in environmental issues. It’s a policy change that recognizes the role of cultural aspects of society, such as storytelling traditions and community spiritual practices, in shaping human values that ultimately dictate a course of action.
“Humankind does not stand above or outside of earth’s life system,” Wildcat says in his book “Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge.” “If the planet is telling us the problem is the way too many of our kind is living, it seems arrogant and unproductive to continue to want to change everything but the way we live. “The world is changing, and it is time for us to pay attention. We may find insights in our oldest indigenous traditions and activities.” The Colleges’ Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs and Finger Lakes Institute are co-sponsoring Wildcat’s appearance.
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