About this Event
The theme for this year's Global Awareness Conference is indigenous food sovereignty. Indigenous food sovereignty is an activist movement advocating for indigenous people's right to control their own food sources and distribution, rather than relying on megacorporations for their food.
Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano’s research and teaching are rooted in an interdisciplinary approach to Indigenous Studies, Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development. These areas encompass food and climate justice, environmental governance, agroecology, public policy, community-driven development, traditional ecological knowledge and decolonizing methodologies.
Her current book manuscript is "Recovering our Ancestors’ Foodways: Indigenous Traditions as a Recipe for Living Well." The work is a cross-cultural study of two Indigenous knowledge systems: Maori of Aotearoa-New Zealand and the Quechua people of Peru.
Sherri Waterman-Hopper, a member of the Beaver Clan of the Onondaga Nation, is the coordinator of the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers. The latter share perspectives from their culture through traditional social dances. She formed the group with her children over 20 years ago to teach people in a joyful, and positive spirit about the ways of her culture. “People ask me if I live in a tipi, but our people never lived in a tipi,” she said. “It is these misconceptions that we want to be able to educate people about."