Lands, Seas and Skies: Conversations with Science, Tradition and the Sacred

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Whether perceived through the lens of science or the sacred, nature and nature’s spaces and cultural diversity alike face tremendous threats, and now more then ever we need innovative approaches, new thinking, and concerted efforts to provide appropriate solutions. The goal of the symposium is to highlight possibilities for growing collaboration, mutual understanding and better protection of biodiversity, indigenous land rights, and sacred natural sites and territories. Join the conversation with traditional knowledge holders, guardians of sacred lands, natural scientists, academics and protected area managers! Traditional and contemporary scientists, scholars, filmmakers, cultural practitioners and spiritual leaders, will come together for a full-day symposium that seeks to enhance our understanding of the possibilities of conversation and exchange between science, traditions, and the sacred, including special guests: Luana Busby-Neff, Slava Cheltuyev, Buyanbadrakh Erdenetsogt, Patricia Gualinga, Guenther Hasinger, Hiʻilei Kawelo, Brendan Mackey, Danil Mamyev, Toby McLeod, Kalei Nuuhiwa, Mac Poepoe, Caleen Sisk; and UHM faculty: Hokulani Aikau, Rosie ʻAnolani Alegado, Maxine Burkett, Paul Coleman, Alan Friedlander, Ruth Gates, Vilsoni Hereniko, Alexander Mawyer, Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, Tamara Ticktin. Organized by the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific—a UHM knowledge center and network linking scholars, instructors and students who share the common goal of thinking holistically to enhance understanding of biocultural systems—this symposium seeks to draw broad participation from across UHM’s natural and social science, humanities, and broader communities.

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Free and Open to the Public

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Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific, Manoa Campus

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