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, site TBD)

6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

7:00 pm


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

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)

Saturday, April 8 (gather at Amherst College)


TEK plant walk 

Featured Speakers (include)

  • Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba and author of Sacred Ecology: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Resource Management
  • 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.

Organizers and Sponsors (Preliminary list)

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program

Amherst College

UMass School of Earth and Sustainability


UMass Native American and Indigenous Studies Certificate Program

UMass Department of Anthropology