Sealaska Heritage Institute to Sponsor a Lecture on Climate Change, Effect on Native Cultures

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA— Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a noon lecture on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, on climate change and its impact on Native cultures.

Victoria_Wyllie_lecture_250The lecture is entitled, “Linking interactions between cultural and biological diversity on the Pacific Coast of North America in the face of climate change.”

Lecturer Victoria Wyllie de Echeverria, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oxford, will discuss how climate change is being perceived by indigenous people and how these changes are affecting cultural and biological diversity in the coastal environment of northwestern North America.

Wyllie de Echeverria is doing her research in part as a visiting scholar at SHI. The institute sponsors the program for graduate students enrolled into an accredited educational institution or professors engaged in research that advances knowledge of Tlingit, Haida or Tsimshian culture, language, arts, or history.

Wyllie de Echeverria received a Bachelor’s of Science and an Master’s of Science. at the University of Victoria, Canada, in plant ecology and taxonomy and ethnobotany, before moving to the University of Oxford to complete a Ph.D in Ethnoecology.

The lecture is free but donations for construction of the Walter Soboleff building will be accepted. It’s scheduled for noon on Tuesday in the Sealaska boardroom. Those attending are invited to bring their own lunch.

Sealaska Heritage Institute was founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.


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