The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ

The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge

Limited tickets are still available at the registration table Friday morning.  

Schedule for Day 1
Schedule for Day 2

The University of Washington's American Indian Studies Department co-sponsors an annual symposium, ""The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge." If you would like to know about upcoming events please sign up for our mailing list.

"The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ"  Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium flyer with presenter pictures

2022 Program menu: breakfast continental breakfast, coffee, tea, variety of fruits and muffins. Lunch, May 13th: local greens with balsamic vinaigrette, elk stew, bannock. Lunch, May 14th: king salmon sandwiches, local greens with creamy nettle pesto dressing, sweet potato & sea salt potato chips.

REGISTER NOW

May 13-14, 2022

Learn form the Past, Celebrate the Present, Hope for the Future


 "The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ"
Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium
University of Washington, Seattle

This symposium brings people together to share knowledge on topics such as traditional foods, plants and medicines; environmental and food justice; food sovereignty/security; health and wellness; and treaty rights. This event serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as we, Native peoples, strive to sustain our cultural food practices and preserve our healthy relationships with the land, water, and all living things. 

Join us in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Indigenous Foods Symposium as we return back to an in-person event! 

10th Annual Living Breath Indigenous Foods Symposium – May 13 and 14, 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

UW wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Ct, NE, UW Seattle campus, Seattle, WA, 98105. 

Register at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5403068

In honor of our 10th anniversary, our theme this year is “Learn from the Past, Celebrate the Present, Hope for the Future” and we have invited back previous speakers to share their perspectives over the last ten years and reflect on the work we have done in this space.  

We are excited to announce our speakers:

  • Ciarra Greene, (Nimiipuu, Nez Perce Tribe) Native Environmental Science Educator at Northwest Indian College
  • Glen Pinkham, (Yakama Nation) Traditional Hunter & Spiritual Counselor
  • kamâmakskwew waakiituusiis Nitanis Desjarlais, (Cree, Nuu-chah-nulth) Videographer, Storyteller, Harvester
  • Dawn Morrison, (Secwépemc Nation). Founder of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
  • hasaatuk Kalilah Rampanen, (Nuu-chah-nulth, Cree, Finnish). Musician, Songwriter, Activist
  • Pah-tu Pitt, (Warm Springs/Wasco Tribes) MS/BS of Environmental Science & Founder of Native Kut
  • Micah McCarty, (Makah Tribe) Artist/Leader/Mentor
  • Fiona Wiremu, (Thoe & Ngti Ranginui Tribes) Indigenous Business Educator at Indigenous University in New Zealand
  • Valerie Segrest, (Muckleshoot Indian Tribe) Co-Founder of Tahoma Peak Solutions
  • n̓aasʔałuk, John Rampanen, (Nuu-chah-nulth) Cultural Consultant, Historian and, Decolonial Strategist.

Our annual event draws over 300 people from the UW campus community, regional tribal and urban Indigenous communities, and throughout the U.S, Canada, Mexico, and Aotearoa New Zealand. Our symposium is a signature event for the UW Intellectual House and has become an important venue for bringing together people from diverse communities and organizations who share the same commitment to protecting Indigenous homelands and the environment. It serves to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as Indigenous peoples strive to sustain cultural food practices and preserve healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things.

Your registration includes continental breakfast and lunch with traditional Northwest Coast foods prepared by Indigenous chefs. The symposium will be on May 13 and 14, 9 am to 5 pm PST. Doors open at 8:30 am for check in and registration.

For registration information contact Dr. Dian Million at dianm@uw.edu. For information, please visit our website: livingbreathfoodsymposium.org or our Facebook page. You can also contact Dr. Charlotte Coté at clotise@uw.edu or the AIS office at (206) 543-9082.

Planning Team: Dr. Charlotte Coté, Dr. Dian Million, Susan Balbas, Dr. Clarita Lefthand-Begay, Dana Arviso, Bridget Ray, Dr. Jessica Salvador, and Tia Yazzie.

For information about past events, please view our newsletter (PDF) or visit our websiteFacebook page, or on Twitter: #livingbreath2021 #indigenousknowledge. 

Past Events