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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Earth Matters Program-Indigenous Cultures and Sustainability

Indigenous Cultures and Sustainability: Two Different Continents- Ghana, West Africa and Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario

An informative discussion by Robert Drake and Anne Dutlinger about their experiences related to organic gardening and supplementing basic food supplies and sustaining culture despite the Impossible Odds!

With speakers Robert Drake and Anne Dutlinger

About our speakers:

Robert Drake
Robert Drake has worked in a variety of international development and sustainability projects in East, West and Southern Africa. As an outgrowth of this work he continues to support a project that provides organic gardening instruction and seeds to residents of four villages in Western Ghana, West Africa as a means of supplementing basic food supplies.

Bob most recently completed training in Natural Agriculture methods at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA. He currently serves as Project Manager at the Sister's of Saint Francis Monocacy Center for Renewal here in Bethlehem where he is responsible for establishing a ten-acre organic demonstration and production farm and designing and installing several walking and formal floral gardens.

Anne Dutlinger
During a year as a Fulbright Scholar at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, located at the nexus of the upper Great Lakes, Prof. Anne Dutlinger had the privilege to experience, study, and research many aspects of the history and culture of the local Indigenous people, the Anishinaabe. Dutlinger attended classes, lectures, workshops, ceremonies, pow wows, drumming circles and feasts, and learned to speak a little of their language.

Anne Dutlinger's illustrated talk will discuss the relationships between identity and place, the history and power of naming and mapping, and the complex, often conflicted efforts between current descendants of the white settlers and the Anishinaabe to build a sustainable future that is based on mutual respect and understanding--together.

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Snyder Room, HUB

Contact: Gloria Guth Phone: 610-625-7847