INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
A SAN MIGUEL COUNTY TRADITION SINCE 1998
4th Annual Indigenous Peoples Day: A Weekend of Healing and Education
Pawnee legal scholar Walter Echo-Hawk commented several years ago at a conference in Boulder, “Until the U.S. makes reconciliation with the indigenous peoples of this continent for the genocide that accompanied the nation’s founding, America will never be at peace.”
In our own limited way, the Telluride Institute has partnered with San Miguel County, the Telluride Historical Museum, Between the Covers Bookstore, Ah Haa School of the Arts, Telluride Ski & Golf Co, Telluride Sports, Jumping Jan’ Productions and the Wilkinson Public Library to work towards just such a reconciliation, inviting Ute youth to ski free, holding roundtables and workshops, and sponsoring the Indigenous Peoples Day events.
2019 IP Day Schedule:
Saturday, October 12
7-9pm @ The Liberty
Dine’ word- to think with hope and assurance. The process of making critical affirmative action of thinking, planning, learning, becoming experienced and confident to adapt.
Brother and sister, Jeneda and Clayson Benally of Blackfire from the Navajo (Dine’) Nation in Northern Arizona have created their own unique brand of music with bass and drums. They grew up protesting the environmental degradation and inhumane acts of cultural genocide against their traditional way of life. Their music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities and social and environmental justice.
One Book, One Canyon
with Robin Wall Kimmerer
Monday, October 14
6pm @ Wilkinson Library
More OBOC Events:
Book Discussion on Tuesday, October 8 @ 12:30pm
Book Discussion on Wednesday, October 9 @ 5:30pm
Writing Workshop on Monday, October 14 @ 1:30 to 3:30pm (advance sign up required here)
AUTHOR AND SCIENTIST ROBIN WALL KIMMERER PRESENTS BRAIDING SWEETGRASS: INDIGENOUS WISDOM, SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE, AND THE TEACHINGS OF PLANTS
Telluride, CO -Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the book Braiding Sweetgrass, is Wilkinson Public Library’s One Book, One Canyon (OBOC) author for 2019. The third annual OBOC will culminate with a visit from Professor Kimmerer on Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, October 14th. She’ll lead a writing workshop from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and have a book talk and signing at 6:00 pm at the library.
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants and Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.
Wilkinson Public Library launched the region’s first community read program- One Book, One Canyon- in 2017 to encourage reading for pleasure and to foster a book-based community conversation. Promotional copies of Braiding Sweetgrass are available at the library while supplies last. OBOC is made possible by the financial support of Friends of the Library and new partner this year, Telluride Institute, which hosts Indigenous Peoples weekend.