In Permaculture, we respect the wisdom of nature and of Indigenous cultures who lived sustainably. In this workshop we learn about the growing systems of indigenous people of New England and take "local agriculture" concept even deeper!
Dr. Fred Wiseman will acquaint us with the historic and contemporary food systems of the VT/NH Abenakis and their Wabanaki neighbors. Using the academic discipline of Ethnobotany, counterbalanced with a Native American perspective, we explore many facets of the relationship of our region's Indigenous communities to their domesticated foods. Expect lecture/slide-show, demonstrations, and displays.
A main topic of the day will be The Wabanaki Seed Catalog. Dr. Wiseman will go over this comprehensive seed catalog, including stories of chasing down the seeds, how they turned out in cultivation, their taste and nutrition and tips on how to properly grow them together. He also discusses the implications of deep-time Wabanaki crops to food security in a time of climatic and ecological uncertainty.
Other topics covered will be:
-Indigenous Food Systems Revitalization, and the Seeds of Renewal's unique mission in working towards Indigenous-based Food Security and Sovereignty
-Designing the Abenaki garden
-The Wabanaki Agroforest
-Harvest Season and Indigenous Wabanaki foodways/cuisine
COST: sliding scale of $25-45. A nonrefundable $10 deposit will hold your place. (If we cancel the class we would refund your money - not for any other reason!)
Seeds of select crops may be available at the workshop as well.
Such a workshop as this cannot be taught simply as an academic exercise. The legacy of the continual transfer of Indigenous lands, resources, children, material goods, crops and ideas through 18th century conquest, early 20th century genocide and late 20th century appropriation of intellectual property, demands an Indigenous perspective and a balance.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Frederick M. Wiseman (Abenaki) was trained as a paleo-ethnobotanist at the University of Arizona. He taught and did research at Louisiana State, MIT's Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, and Johnson State College in Vermont, where he retired as Department Chair in 2014. He has published extensively on tropical fieldwork in Belize, Honduras, Yucatan and arid-lands research in Arizona and Sonora Mexico. Over the last twenty years he has focused on the culture and ecology of the Wabanaki people of northern New England, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, completing books and films, scholarly and popular articles and presented papers on Wabanaki culture & ecology. He is a talented and fascinating speaker!