Geography of Hope 2017: Ancestors & the Land: Our Past, Present & Future
The 2017 Geography of Hope Conference, “Ancestors & The Land: Our Past, Present & Future,” will take place on March 17–19 in Point Reyes Station, part of the traditional homelands of the Coast Miwok Indians. The conference is a partnership of Black Mountain Circle, the Center for Humans and Nature, Point Reyes Books, and the U.S. Forest Service.
The conference aims to stimulate conversations honoring ancestral connections to this and other landscapes—whether Native American, European, African, Asian, Hispanic, or elsewhere—that will lead to dialogues among generations and cultures to help us restore our relationships with one another and the places we call home.
The 2017 panel presenters are conservationists, teachers, spiritual leaders, poets, novelists, and journalists who use poetry, fiction, or literary non-fiction to express a sense of urgency about environmental concerns and a fierce compassion for the well-being of the Earth. They include: Joanne Campbell; Drew Dellinger; Nikky Finney; Greg Sarris; Constance Washburn; Brooke Williams and Center for Humans and Nature contributors, John Hausdeorffer; Lyla June Johnston; Winona LaDuke; Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff; and Lauret Savoy.
The Center's president, Brooke Hecht, will moderate a panel discussion at the conference on "Becoming Native to a Place." Featuring Nikky Finney, Lyla June Johnston, and Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff, the conversation will bring forth the many routes to the place we call “home"—whether it’s the physical location where we were born, one we chose later in life, or one to which we were forced to immigrate. Once there, what are our responsibilities? Center Senior Scholar Robin Kimmerer says, “To be native to a place we must learn to speak its language.” What is the language of your place?