Indigenous Knowledge, ‘Hope,’ and Climate Change

As the impacts of climate change are felt, Indigenous environmental knowledge is often turned to as a source of “hope” by non-Native people, organizations, and policy makers. We discussed this potentially problematic and appropriative trend, the opportunities it may present, and its nuanced politics.

Panel Discussion


Jen Rose Smith, Assistant Professor of Geography and American Indian Studies, UW-Madison

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle

Hiʻilei Hobart, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

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Elizabeth Hennessy, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison