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Thursday, October 18 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Abalone and Seaweed Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Our Original Instructions for Harvesting the Ocean
We Indigenous people have ceremonies, ancestral teachings, cultural practices and strict rules for harvesting all of our resources. Sometimes we pray and talk to our plants before collecting them, assuring them we’ll do no harm and that we’ll leave them the ability to continue their life cycles and their ability to regenerate.

Shellfish and seaweeds have been important parts of the West Coast Indigenous diet for thousands of years, but this ongoing legacy is under threat by ecosystem disruption and discriminatory harvesting regulations. Through discussion, demonstrations and hands-on activities, California Indian TEK experts will share the importance of intertidal resources to the traditional diet, to clothing manufacturing and ceremonial life. They will also discuss ways to address ongoing threats to these cultural practices. First Peoples have a saying, “When the tide is out, the table is set.” If we cannot change harvesting practices together, we will not have food on our tables.

With: Leah Mata (Northern Chumash), artist; Adae Romero-Briones (Cochiti Pueblo) Director of Programs, First Nations Development Institute; Ilarion Merculieff (Aleut), Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways; Vincent Medina, Muwekma Ohlone tribal Councilman; Hillary Renick (Sherwood Valley Pomo), BIA Sacramento; Dean Hoaglin (Coast Miwok/Pomo/Wailaki/Yuki), Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria); Jacob White Horse (Northern Chumash/Rosebud Sioux).

Location: McNears Beach Park
Price: $195 (includes lunch)

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Keynote Speakers
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Vincent Medina

Muwekma Ohlone Tribe
Vincent Medina is an enrolled member of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, where he also serves as a Councilman representing his family’s lineage. Vincent and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone) co-founded Mak-‘amham, an organization and restaurant focused on reviving and strengthening traditional... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Dean Hoaglin

Dean Hoaglin, a descendant of the Hukuiko band of Coast Miwoks of Marin County and the Big Valley Band of Pomos of Lake County on his maternal side and Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, trained in traditional teachings and practices by family elders from a young age... Read More →
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Jacob White Horse

Jacob White Horse (yak tittʸu tittʸu Northern Chumash/Rosebud Sioux), a student in environmental studies at United Tribes College in North Dakota, is currently an intern with the UC Davis Marine Biology Lab working on abalone management, the first Native American and tribal college... Read More →
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Leah Mata

Leah Mata Fragua (yak tittʸu tittʸu Northern Chumash) is a consultant, artist, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work is focused on projects that aim to give greater voice and visibility to her tribal community and that seek to find creative ways... Read More →
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Ilarion Merculieff

Ilarion Merculieff, who served his people, the Bering Sea’s Unangan (Aleut), and other indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a wide range of major leadership capacities for 40+ years, is currently President of Seven Generations Consulting and of the Global... Read More →
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Hillary Renick

Hillary Renick, an enrolled member of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo as well as a descendant of the Hopland Shanel, Noyo River and Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone indigenous communities, was raised in a traditional subsistence family in Mendocino County. She has worked in land-air-water-cultural... Read More →
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A-dae Romero-Briones

A-dae Romero-Briones (Cochiti/Kiowa), born and raised in Cochiti Pueblo, NM, is Director of Programs for the Native Food and Agriculture Initiative of the First Nations Development Institute. Formerly Director of Community Development for Pulama Lana’I, she is an expert in food... Read More →


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
McNears Beach Park