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Today’s guest on the show is Rosalyn LaPier.  Rosalyn is an environmental historian, ethnobotanist, and indigenous writer.  She is a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, a research associate an the National Museum of Natural History, and is currently a visiting professor of Women’s studies, Environmental Studies and Native American religion at the Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University.  She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe and also identifies as Métis.

Rosalyn is also on the steering committee for the March for Science, and has been involved in the March for Science since near the beginning of this concept shortly after the Women’s March and President Trump’s inauguration.  The March for Science will be taking place this coming Saturday, April 22nd – Earth Day – and although the main event will be taking place in Washington D.C., there are hundreds of satellite events happening all around the globe, providing ample opportunity for folks to participate.

We are actually launching a new experiment here at the Eyes on Conservation podcast that is connected to the upcoming March for Science – we will be covering the March from a variety of perspectives this coming Saturday.  We have seven Wild Lens correspondents involved in this little experiment – and each of them will be attending a different March for Science event.  These correspondents will be capturing audio to use for an upcoming episode of the podcast, as well as video footage for a potential short film.  A select few will also be streaming live video from the Marches directly to our Eyes on Conservation Facebook page.  So if you’re not able to attend a March for Science event – or if you want to get a feel for what some of the larger events in Washington D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco look like – stay tuned to our Eyes on Conservation Facebook feed to get live updates.

In the meantime – we hope that you will enjoy today’s conversation with Rosalyn LaPier, in which we’ll explore some of the connections between science, Native American religion, and the environmental movement. 

We also encourage you to read and sign Rosalyn’s letter about recognizing the importance of indigenous science.



March for Science

Indigenous Science – March for Science Letter of Support

A selection of Rosalyn’s articles about Standing Rock


Featured image by: Alejandro Alvarez @aletweetsnews

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