Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7:00pm
Hayfork Cooperative’s upcoming meeting promises to be most interesting with the very engaging speaker, Dennis Martinez, a ‘local’ with a lifetime of international activist experience. He is a Native American cultural survival and climate change adaptation Activist. Professionally he works as an ecocultural forest restorationist.
Dennis Martinez will present with a PowerPoint on the relevance of traditional Indigenous knowledge and cultural landcare practice to modern forest restoration. This discussion will cover maintenance with regular prescribed burning. Having lived in Hayfork as a youth, and now residing near Douglas City, Dennis is very familiar with the land, forest and species here. He will compare the Indigenous Landcare ethic with the Western industrial model of forest management as well as with the dominant global Western environmental movement. Included is Dennis Martinez’ explanation of why conventional forest restoration and conservation need millennia-long Indigenous experience and perspective to succeed. Although as of yet this is rarely applied, Dennis will touch on how two stand-alone ways of knowing—Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Scientific Ecological Knowledge (SEK)—can be complementary in ecocultural restoration.
Historical museum photographs of traditional Indigenous salmon and river care practices, and catching salmon and other marine life in Pacific North America will be shown. Additionally, Dennis Martinez will share some of his experiences in working with Indigenous communities in East Africa, Australia, Latin America, Asia (including China), Pacifica Islands and Northern Scandinavia.
Northern Delights Coffeehouse Hayfork, CA