Lowell Lecture

COVID, Climate and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Date & Time

April 1, 2021 at 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.


, MA
Driving Directions


In this session, Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker provides insight into Indigenous knowledge systems which offer opportunities for building resilience to socioecological shocks, including climate effects and pandemics. Dina calls for environmentalists to learn from the Indigenous community’s rich history of activism.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and an independent educator in American Indian environmental policy and other issues. Gilio-Whitaker is the author of two books; the most recent award-winning As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock.

Cheryl Savageau (Abenaki) is the author of three collections of poetry, Mother/Land, Dirt Road Home, which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and Home Country. In 2020, she published Out of the Crazywoods, an autobiography. She graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and studied writing at the People’s Poets and Writers Workshop in Worcester. Currently, she is the editor of Dawnland Voices, a journal of indigenous voices from New England.

Presenting Organization

Peabody Essex Museum



Join us for our latest virtual series, in conjunction with PEM's Climate + Environment Initiative. Each session offers a different perspective on the lessons we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how we move forward from here.