September 6, 2016 - September 7, 2016
Partnership for Lands, Seas, and Skies: Conversations with Science, Tradition and the Sacred Symposium
This all-day conversation (on Sept. 7th) between traditional knowledge holders, guardians of sacred lands, natural scientists, academics and protected area managers will unfold through a series of discussions about specific places and issues loosely organized around three domains (lands, seas, and skies). The goal of the symposium is to highlight possibilities for growing collaboration, mutual understanding and better protection of biodiversity, indigenous land rights, and sacred natural sites and territories. Whether perceived through the lens of science or the sacred, nature and nature’s spaces and cultural diversity alike face tremendous threats, and now more then ever we need innovative approaches, new thinking, and concerted efforts to provide appropriate solutions. Enhancing and fostering dialogue between different epistemic communities, different ways of thinking about and approaching western science, tradition, and the sacred is the goal. A concluding roundtable and open-room dialogue seeks to raise the meaning of the day’s conversations for our work as scientists and scholars, the policies at our university, and for the research goals and directions this gives us as a community of teachers and learners.
Co-sponsored by the UH Manoa Department of Ethnic Studies