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Event“Lessons from Indigenous Agriculture keynote address & reception”
CityEvanston, IL
PlaceMitchell Museum of the American Indian
Address3009 Central Street (next door to the museum)
DetailsJane Mt. Pleasant (Tuscarora), Cornell University professor and agronomist, will be the keynote speaker, and receive the event’s namesake award, at the 8th annual Dr. Carlos Montezuma Honorary Lecture & Awards. Her keynote address is titled “Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems: Lessons from Indigenous Agriculture.” Author, editor and professor, Terry Straus will be honored with the Elizabeth Seabury Mitchell Award for service and philanthropy, and artist Doug Hyde (Nez Perce, Assiniboine, & Chippewa) will receive the Woodrow “Woody” Crumbo Award for Native arts. The event, which honors members of the American Indian community who have raised awareness and contributed to the community in the same spirit as Dr. Montezuma, will be held on Friday, November 10 at the Mitchell Museum’s 3009 Central Street building in Evanston. The Awards Ceremony and lecture begins at 6:30 with a reception concluding the event at 8:00pm. The fee for the lecture is $12 for museum members/ $15 for non-members. Tribal members are free. Dr. Carlos Montezuma Honorary Award is given for a distinguished speaker whose contributions in social activism advanced Native peoples on a national scale. Given this year to Jane Mt. Pleasant, it recognizes the work of Dr. Montezuma, a Chicago physician and Native American activist who was one of the founding members of the Society of American Indians and ardent advocate for the voting rights for Native peoples. Jane Mt. Pleasant, associate professor in the Horticulture Section of School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University, studies indigenous cropping systems and their productivity. Using her expertise in agricultural science, she examines agriculture from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes history, archeology, paleo botany, and cultural/social anthropology. Most of her work is focused on Haudenosaunee agriculture in the 16 through 18th centuries, although more recently she has expanded her research to include pre-Columbian agriculture in eastern and central North America. She received her BS and MS from Cornell University and her PhD (in soil science) from North Carolina State University. Her keynote address is titled “Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems: Lessons from Indigenous Agriculture.” Indigenous farmers in pre-Columbian and colonial North America have frequently been characterized as shifting cultivators whose agricultural productivity was marginal and unstable. Data from field experiments and the historical and ethnographic literature provide a much different assessment. Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) farmers practiced conservation tillage centuries before Euro-American cultivators had heard the term they were among the world’s most sustainable and productive farmers.
Start DateFriday, November 10, 2017
Start Time6:30 PM
End Time8:00 PM
Additional InformationPlease call or email visitor.services@mitchellmuseum.org for more information about the event.
Phone847-475-1030
Emailkmcdonald@mitchellmuseum.org
Web Addresshttp://mitchellmuseum.org/



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