Speaker Series with Suzanne Greenlaw: Weaving Wabanaki and Scientific Knowledge
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. There is also an in-person option to attend live at Gilsland Farm; click here to register.