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 presented by Black Mountain Circle and co-sponsored by the Center, Point Reyes Books, and the U.S. Forest Service.
As native people in West Marin and throughout the world have taught us, we can best care for the land by knowing its history, by cherishing its stories, and by actively working to protect it. The Conference hopes 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 between generations and cultures to help us reconnect to place and restore balance to Mother Earth.
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; Michael Dahl; Drew Dellinger; Nikky Finney; John Hausdeorffer; Lyla June Johnston; Winona LaDuke; Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff; Lauret Savoy; Greg Sarris; Constance Washburn; and Brooke Williams.