The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ

The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge

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.

Check out the full schedule for the symposium as well as details about both Friday's and Saturday's amazing guest speakers.

Buy tickets for The Living Breath Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium, May 3-4, 2019

May 2019 Symposium

 "The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ"  Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium

May 3-4, 2019
 "The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ"
Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium
University of Washington, Seattle

Join us for this year's Living Breath Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium. This year we have opened our doors to invite you to two days of amazing panels and break-out sessions in honor of Native Family Food Traditions. Our 2019 theme is Reclaiming Food as Family Medicine. 

Last year our event drew over 250 people from the UW campus community, the regional tribal and urban Indigenous communities, and attendees and participants from Alaska, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State. Our symposium is a signature event for the UWs wbaltx Intellectual House and has become an important venue for bringing together people from diverse communities, groups, 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 their cultural food practices and preserve their healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things. Join us to share knowledge, experience and expertise on tribal food sovereignty initiatives, food justice and security, traditional foods and health, indigenous foods systems and global climate change. We invite all of you who hold these issues dear to join us for this important conversation. Your voice is welcomed! 

All prices include continental breakfast items with traditional NW foods lunch included for day or days purchased.

Adults: 20.00 for a day or 35.00 for both days 

UW Students (Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell), undergrads and grad students must book a FREE admissions ticket below. (no exceptions)

Youth rate (12-21):10.00 one day/15.00 both days
Elders: (65 and over)-10.00 one day/15.00 both days

NOTE: A one-day ticket allows you to enter whatever day that you use it. One-day tickets aren't issued specific to date. Please purchase and we will record your entrance at event.

For more information contact Dr. Charlotte Coté at or (206) 221-6549.

Sponsors: UW American Indian Studies Department (co-host), Na’ah Illahee Fund (co-host), UW Population Health Initiative, UW College of the Environment. UW Nutritional Sciences Program, UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Bill Holm Center, UW Tacoma, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma, Assistant Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion, UW Canadian Studies Center/Jackson School of International Studies, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI), UW Department of Geography, The Acequia Institute, Dr. Marc Gladney, Glen Pinkham, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House, UW School of Medicine, Dep’t of Bioethics/Humanities, UW Tacoma, Division of Social and Historical Studies.

Planning Committee: Dr. Charlotte Coté, Dr. Dian Million, Dr. Michelle Montgomery, Susan Balbas, and Jordan Woolston.

For information about past events, please view our newsletter (PDF) or visit our websiteFacebook page, or on Twitter: #livingbreath2019 #indigenousknowledge. 

Past Events