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Suzanne Greenlaw

Speaker Series with Suzanne Greenlaw: Weaving Wabanaki and Scientific Knowledge (in-person)

Suzanne Greenlaw, a Maliseet and doctoral student at the University of Maine School of Forest Resources, will talk about Los Konowkon Meci Miw Naka Toke—Weaving Wabanaki and Scientific Knowledge in Response to Emerald Ash Borer.

Wabanaki people of Maine and Maritime Province hold spiritual, economical, and cultural connections with black ash.  Known to the Wabanaki as the basket tree, Black Ash can be pounded and split along its growth rings to produce exceptionally strong and pliable strips to weave.   Wabanaki harvesters report increasing difficulty in accessing basket quality wood and with the detection of Emerald Ash Borer in Maine, Wabanaki people are concerned for the future of Black Ash.  This presentation will describe Wabanaki people’s relationship to Black Ash and the collaborative research approach to respond to Emerald Ash Borer in Maine.

Suzanne Greenlaw is a citizen of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and a doctoral student at the University of Maine in the School of Forest Resources.  Suzanne’s academic research weaves Wabanaki traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and western scientific knowledge to address Wabanaki access restriction to cultural significant plants such as basket quality brown ash trees and sweet grass.

(This event has been rescheduled from October 15. )

PLEASE NOTE: The in-person option for this event has been cancelled due to a rainy forecast. Anyone who registered will be sent the Zoom link for the virtual program.  Click here to register for the virtual option.

In person: Suzanne will present in person outdoors at Gilsland Farm, and the presentation will also be live-streamed for those wishing to participate remotely. Pre-registration is required and limited to 50 people. Masks are required; there will be distanced seating on the lawn; bring your own Please note there is a porta-potty but no indoor restrooms. In the event of rain/bad weather, ALL registrants will receive the Zoom link.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Oct 16 2020


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm




Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth, ME 04105