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Sunday, October 21 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Exploring “Blood Memory” | Indigenous Forum
“Blood memory” is the idea that we carry ancient memories in our DNA, genetic connections to the teachings of our ancestors, and that these memories can be awakened. This workshop explores different dimensions of this controversial concept, including such questions as: Does everyone have “blood memory”? What relationship does “blood memory” have to the concept of “re-indigenizing”? And, how can the concept of blood memory be used to heal from trauma and connect people to their responsibility to place?

Moderated by Alexis Bunten (Aleut) Bioneers Indigeneity Program Manager. With: Anita Sanchez (Aztec) author and consultant; Ilarion Merculieff (Aleut); Josephine Mandamin (Anishinabe) Mother Earth Water Walkers; Jade Begay (Diné) Indigenous Rising Media and Blood Memory VR.

Workshop Speakers
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Jade Begay

Jade Begay (Diné and Tesuque Pueblo), a multimedia artist, is the Communications and Digital Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Senior Producer at IEN’s Indigenous Rising Media project. Prior to IEN, Jade was a Multimedia Producer with 350.org and a Justice... Read More →
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Alexis Bunten

Alexis Bunten, Ph.D., (Aleut/Yup’ik), Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program, has been a researcher, media-maker, manager, consultant, and curriculum developer for organizations including the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Alaska Native Heritage Center, and the FrameWorks... Read More →
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Josephine Mandamin

Grandmother Josephine Mandamin (Wikwemikong/Anishinaabe), Commissioner of the Women’s Water Commission for the Anishinabek Nation, has 30+ years’ experience fighting for her people’s rights. One of the founders of the Great Lakes Mother Earth Water Walk, she has, since 2003... 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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Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., an Indigenous and Latina author, trainer, and speaker who is passionate about visionary leadership, indigenous wisdom, and the empowerment of women, works on a wide range of cultural transformation, diversity and inclusion projects. Anita, who serves on the boards... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Indigenous Forum