Community Learning & Practice: Native Ways of Thinking, Knowing, Being

12:00-1:00pm CT Thursday, November 18, 2021 Online
Language as Culture
Presented by the KU First Nations Student Association and The Commons

Dr. Joe Brewer, Director, Indigenous Studies Program / Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Program
Dr. Ignacio Carvajal, Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese / Affiliate Faculty, Indigenous Studies Program

“To become native to this place, if we are to survive here, and our neighbors too, our work is to learn to speak the grammar of animacy, so that we might truly be at home.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

How do you communicate with the more than human species around you?
What limitations and possibilities do our languages offer our understandings?

Robert “Nokwsi” Hicks, Jr. will begin this event with a prayer song. In discussion, we will then  consider how language is learned and shared across species, and how words shape our understanding. Following this introduction, participants may share from their own practices for deep listening and immersive learning through language.

Community Learning & Practice is presented by KU First Nations Student Association and The Commons to offer space for building understanding around topics resonating with researchers at KU and in public life in 2021. These sessions lead with Indigenous values and practice, including reciprocity, relationship, and reconciliation.

Link to Zoom Registration.



Of interest to:
All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Discussion, Student Event