Five College Consortium

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies

Third Annual Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Symposium

Image of Honour Water, a singing game for mobile devices developed by Pinnguaq with art and design by Elizabeth LaPensée 

Living Waters, Animate Lands

Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Braiding Story, Skills and Sustenance with Hope for a Sustainable Future


Thursday, April 6 (UMass Amherst Campus Center: Cape Cod Lounge)

6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

7:00 pm

Film: "The Spirit of Standing Rock"

Friday, April 7 (Amherst College, Converse Hall: Cole Assembly)

9:00 am

Gathering, Welcome, Opening Ceremonies


Opening address and Animate Lands Panel




Living Waters Panel


Buffet lunch for all participants


Roundtable Discussions – Speakers, FCNAIS faculty, participants


Roundtable Discussions – Speakers, FCNAIS faculty, participants


Summary Discussion and Closing (All)


Evening Reception (Amherst College, Converse Hall: Cole Assembly lobby)


Reading by LeAnne Howe and Susan Power

Saturday, April 8 (gather at Amherst College)


TEK plant walk 

Featured Speakers 

  • Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Natural Resources
    Institute, University of Manitoba, and author of Sacred Ecology (Third
    Edition, Routledge, 2012)
  • John Banks is the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Indian Nation and, as a representative of his nation, helped develop the  Penobscot River Restoration Project
  • Amberdawn LaFrance works for the Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program, part of the Environmental Division of the Akwesasne/St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, which recently produced a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the nation.
  • Natalie Michelle is a citizen of Penobscot nation and a Ph.D. Candidate in  Ethnobotany and Adaptive Management at the University of Maine, Orono.
  • With a dual background in art and marine science, Elizabeth James Perry works for the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Historic Preservation office. 
  • Nicholas James Reo is a citizen of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Assistant Professor of Native American and Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, where where he studies Indigenous knowledge and ecological stewardship on Indigenous lands.
  • LeAnne Howe is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, creative non-fiction, plays and scholarship that primarily deal with American Indian and Native American experiences.
  • Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native Chicagoan. She is the author of three books, The Grass Dancer (a novel), Roofwalker (a story collection), and the new novel, Sacred Wilderness


Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program

College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute

UMass School of Earth and Sustainability

Amherst College Dean of Faculty

UMass Native American and Indigenous Studies Certificate Program

UMass Department of Anthropology

Hampshire College School of Critical Social Inquiry

Mount Holyoke College History Department

Amherst College Departments of English, Environmental Studies and American Studies

Corliss Lamont Fund


Chris Cornelius, "Imagining Indigeneity"

Tue, Mar 28 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Design Building, Room 170, 151 North Pleasant Street, Amherst
Chris Cornelius is an Associate Professor or architecture at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin who focuses on the architectural translation of American Indian culture. He is the founding principal of Studio Indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving American Indian clients.


UMass Amherst
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