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What is the Value of Indigenous Knowledge? – A CAC Lecture

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Christina Brook, a senior at Middlebury College studying International Politics and Economics, will discuss the value of indigenous knowledge in the context of the twenty-first century. Focusing specifically on Polynesian and Native American traditional knowledge, this lecture will elaborate on the ways in which such knowledge systems are integral to these cultures survival, and can also serve other communities at large. This will be extrapolated into a deeper conversation on how such traditional knowledge is perceived by outside communities, and thus how that impacts indigenous knowledge preservation in turn.

Christina Brook has worked extensively with indigenous communities across Canada, the United States, and particularly New Zealand, where she is originally from. She is of Maori descent and has spent time establishing an NGO called Maui & the Movement which incorporates indigenous knowledge into mainstream education systems. She has also worked with the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues regarding indigenous education and rights at large.

This event is open to the public and is sponsored by The Cultural Affairs Committee. For more information, contact Dr. Katrina Hoop,

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