Monday, August 8, 2016: 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
Grand Floridian Blrm C, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Timothy J. Nuttle, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Frank K. Lake, U.S. Forest Service; and
Brenda G. Bergman, Michigan Technological University
This year’s ESA Annual Meeting takes place in traditional Seminole and Miccosukee lands, and both tribes are headquartered nearby. Since its inception, the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section has organized Sense of Place events at each Annual Meeting. The purpose is to invite ESA members to learn about the Indigenous peoples of the territory where the Meeting is occurring, and to learn about this territory through the voices and experiences of Indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples as first stewards have been adapting to evolving landscapes and ecosystems for millennia. Four tribal speakers affiliated with the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes will present and share their knowledge, experiences and history regarding tribal culture and ecology while addressing the Meeting theme. In particular, through the session we will explore the contributions that traditional ecological knowledge and management systems offer in light of rapidly changing ecological conditions and how these perspectives relate to and may inform the novel ecosystem approach to land management and its philosophical underpinnings. Each presenter will share his or her cultural and professional experiences, including how history and place relate to contemporary tribal ecological, ethnoecological, and natural resources issues. A panel discussion will follow.