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Monday, April 9 • 2:30pm - 2:45pm
SYMPOSIA-07: Seeing Visualizing the Effects of Climate Change on Future Forests Through the Lens of the Menominee Theoretical Model of Sustainability

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AUTHORS: Dr. Dennis Vickers, Collage of Menominee Nation; Chris Caldwell, Sustainable Development Institute

ABSTRACT: The concept of resilience is embedded in the lifeways of Indigenous Peoples who have existed for millennia in what is now known as the United States of America. This is best understood when considering the numerous languages, cultural values, traditions that have developed and been passed down for countless generations. Each generation a slight variation and adjustment, which took into account social, ecological, and environmental factors. During the European colonial period and American settler expansion period, these impacts were introduced at a rate and intensity not experienced before. Despite this, many Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Communities have retained their teachings and traditions to varying degrees, including their application as the basis for contemporary planning and management activities. The Menominee Nation located in northern Wisconsin, USA is one example of hundreds of Tribal nations in the USA that have shown resilience. Yet, the immense impact of Menominee decision-making in regards to the forest was not fully visualized until the use of satellite imagery in the 1980’s helped illustrate the stark contrast between a heavily forested Menominee reservation and a cut-over landscape of farmland in surrounding counties. College of Menominee Nation through its Sustainable Development Institute is working with external collaborators as part of an NSF funded project to explore opportunities to use visualization tools and resources to better communicate current forest conditions, and future forest conditions, and examine how this might impact community decision-making as well as the generational transition of knowledge. This transition of knowledge will be facilitated through student internships and existing CMN classes to refine a visualized story based on a theoretical model of sustainability which focuses on the Menominee’s history of forest sustainability.

Monday April 9, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
LaSalle 1 (7th Floor)

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