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Sunday, October 23 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Women, Earth and Culture Change: A Systems Inquiry

The deeply embodied bond between women and Mother Earth has long been implicitly, intuitively understood, but weaving the dynamic elements of cultural preservation and transformation into this relationship is a more recent innovation. Join an emergent conversation with leaders, activists and culture workers as they explore this vital nexus women are reweaving globally. Hosted by: Melinda Kramer, co-founder, Women’s Earth Alliance. With: Melissa Nelson, President, The Cultural Conservancy; Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network; Rucha Chitnis, founder/Director, Changing the Narrative: A Woman’s Lens; Afia Walking Tree, visionary percussionist, educator, earth steward, founder/Director of Spirit Drumz.


Workshop Speakers
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Rucha Chitnis

Rucha Chitnis, a photojournalist, writer and storytelling strategist for philanthropic groups and nonprofits working on ecological alternatives and promoting human rights, is the founder of Changing the Narrative, a storytelling project of women's, grassroots groups' and social movements' counter narratives in the face of the ecological and climate crises. Her photo essays and stories have been widely published, including in: Yes! Magazine... Read More →
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Melinda Kramer

Melinda Kramer, an environmental activist, founded WEA (Women's Earth Alliance) In 2004 to create a global resource to support the courageous efforts of grassroots women leaders around the world to protect the environment for future generations. Today WEA equips women on 4 continents with skills and tools to strengthen their communities on such issues as: clean water, food security, climate resilience, and land protection.
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Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake is: Co-Founder/ Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, Co-Chair of International Advocacy with the Global Alliance for the Rights Of Nature, and author of the award-winning book, Uprisings For The Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature.
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Melissa K. Nelson

Melissa K. Nelson (Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian/enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band, Chippewa), a Native ecologist, writer, media-maker, and indigenous scholar-activist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State and President of The Cultural Conservancy, an indigenous rights organization. She is the editor of the anthology, Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings For a Sustainable Future, and... Read More →
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Afia Walking Tree

Afia Walking Tree, a renowned multi-instrumental percussionist, performer, educator, earth practitioner, NGO administrator, and longtime activist focused on transformative cultural healing across ethnic and generational lines using drumming as her main tool, is founder of the Drum Mobile, a portable drum-arts learning laboratory that makes accessible the power of African drumming and Permaculture to communities of color internationally.

Sunday October 23, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Showcase Theater