Virtual Launch — FRESH BANANA LEAVES with Dr. Jessica Hernandez & Diane Wilson

 

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Join us for the book launch of Dr. Jessica Hernandez's new book all about indigenous environmental science in Latin America FRESH BANANA LEAVES (out 1/18/22) as she reads, discusses and takes questions from the audience with Diane Wilson, author of The Seed Keeper

An Indigenous environmental scientist breaks down why western conservationism isn't working--and offers Indigenous models informed by case studies, personal stories, and family histories that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors. Through case studies, historical overviews, and stories that center the voices and lived experiences of Indigenous Latin American women and land protectors, Hernandez makes the case that if we're to recover the health of our planet--for everyone--we need to stop the eco-colonialism ravaging Indigenous lands and restore our relationship with Earth to one of harmony and respect.

Quote from book Fresh Banana Leaves: "Indigenous science has long been ignored, othered, or perceived as "soft"-the product of a systematic, centuries-long campaign of racism, colonialism, extractive capitalism, and delegitimization."

Dr. Jessica Hernandez (she/e) is a transnational Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest. She has an interdisciplinary academic background ranging from marine sciences to forestry. Her work is grounded in her Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing. She advocates for  climate, energy, and environmental justice through her scientific and community work and strongly believes that Indigenous sciences can heal our Indigenous lands. In 2020, she became the first alumni from her high school in South Central Los Angeles to receive a doctoral degree. She is the founder of Piña Soul, SPC, an environmental consulting & artesanias hybrid business that supports Black & Indigenous-led conservation and environmental projects through community mutual aids and micro-grants.

Her current research is investigating the role energy plays in addressing climate change impacts, from an environmental physics lens. ​ By formulating energy justice pillars and deriving solutions from case studies that focus on sustainable energy and mitigation strategies (primarily those implemented by Indigenous communities), this research will help physics education recognize the historic and present-day inequities in the energy industry.

She currently holds appointments at Sustainable Seattle (Board Member), City of Seattle's Urban Forestry Commission, and the International Mayan League (Climate Justice Policy Strategist). Her book, Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science, is forthcoming this Spring '22.

Diane Wilson (Dakota) is the author of The Seed Keeper. She is also the author of a memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, which won a Minnesota Book Award and was selected for the One Minneapolis One Read program, as well as a nonfiction book, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, which was awarded the Barbara Sudler Award from History Colorado. Her most recent essay, “Seeds for Seven Generations,” was featured in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Wilson has received a Bush Foundation Fellowship as well as awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the East Central Regional Arts Council. In 2018, she was awarded a 50 Over 50 Award from Pollen/Midwest. Wilson is the executive director for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a national coalition of tribes and organizations working to create sovereign food systems for Native people. She is a Mdewakanton descendent, enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation, and lives in Shafer, Minnesota.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Lanzamiento Virtual: Fresh Banana Leaves (Hojas frescas de plátano) con la Dra. Jessica Hernandez y Diane Wilson

Únase a nosotros para el lanzamiento del nuevo libro de la Dra. Jessica Hernández, Fresh Banana Leaves (Hojas frescas de plátano) (a la venta el 18/1/22). Aprenda sobre la ciencia ambiental indígena en América Latina mientras la Dra. Hernández lee, discute y responde preguntas de la audiencia con Diane Wilson, autora de The Seed Keeper (El guardián de semillas).

Una científica ambiental indígena analiza por qué el conservacionismo occidental no está funcionando y ofrece modelos alternativas indígenas. A través de estudios de casos, resúmenes históricos e historias que centran las voces y las experiencias vividas de las mujeres indígenas latinoamericanas y protectoras de la tierra, Hernández argumenta que si queremos recuperar la salud de nuestro planeta, para todos, debemos detener el ecocolonialismo que asola las tierras indígenas y restaurar nuestra relación con la Tierra a una de armonía y respeto.

La Dra. Jessica Hernández (ella/e) es una académica, científica y defensora de la comunidad indígena transnacional con sede en el noroeste del Pacífico. Tiene una formación académica interdisciplinaria que va desde las ciencias marinas hasta la silvicultura. Su trabajo se basa en sus culturas indígenas y formas de saber. Aboga por la justicia climática, energética y ambiental a través de su trabajo científico y comunitario y cree firmemente que las ciencias indígenas pueden sanar nuestras tierras indígenas. En 2020, se convirtió en la primera alumna de su escuela secundaria en el centro sur de Los Ángeles en recibir un doctorado. Es la fundadora de Piña Soul, SPC, una empresa híbrida de consultoría ambiental y artesanías que apoya proyectos ambientales y de conservación liderados por personas negras e indígenas a través de ayudas mutuas comunitarias y microdonaciones.

Actualmente está investigando el papel que juega la energía para abordar los impactos del cambio climático, desde una lente de física ambiental. Al formular pilares de justicia energética y derivar soluciones de estudios de casos que se centran en la energía sostenible y las estrategias de mitigación (principalmente las implementadas por las comunidades indígenas), esta investigación ayudará a la educación en física a reconocer las desigualdades históricas y actuales en la industria energética.

Actualmente ocupa cargos en Seattle Sostenible (miembro de la junta), la Comisión Forestal Urbana de la ciudad de Seattle y la Liga Maya Internacional (estratega de políticas de justicia climática). Su libro, Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science, se publicará próximamente en la primavera del 2022.

Diane Wilson (Dakota) es la autora de The Seed Keeper. También es autora de un libro de memorias, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, que ganó un Minnesota Book Award y fue seleccionado para el programa One Minneapolis One Read, así como un libro de no ficción, Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life, que recibió el premio Barbara Sudler de History Colorado. Su ensayo más reciente, "Seeds for Seven Generations", apareció en la antología A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. Wilson ha recibido una beca de la Fundación Bush, así como premios de la Junta de Artes del Estado de Minnesota, la Fundación Jerome y el Consejo Regional de las Artes de East Central. En 2018, recibió un premio 50 Over 50 de Pollen/Midwest. Wilson es directora ejecutiva de Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, una coalición nacional de tribus y organizaciones que trabajan para crear sistemas alimentarios soberanos para comunidades nativas. Es descendiente de Mdewakanton, inscrita en la Reserva Rosebud y vive en Shafer, Minnesota.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
via ZOOM
New York, NY 10032
Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781623176051
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Published: North Atlantic Books - January 18th, 2022

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ISBN: 9781571311375
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 9th, 2021