My notes from Roberta Conner’s presentation at the inaugural TEDx Portland presentation.
Director Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
- The name my grandmother gave me when I was 13 references a time when the glaciers were melting, and the land was flooding. It’s an old name.
- 100 years ago my grandmother was standing on the banks
- take care of your body.
- bears eat berries, birds eat berries, you are not the only consumer of these berries.
- all things must be in balance: man and woman, day and night, abundance and scarcity.
- when things are out of balance, you can tell. there will be more scarcity for some. you can tell when there is too much testosterone or estrogen in a room.
- we are laying to rest the elders who learned languages as children, as opposed to those who are learning it today in the classroom.
- we humans don’t make the earth turn, or the moon shine. we are humble.
- indigenous cultures who are trying to keep their cultures alive are trying to protect an enormous database of ecological information that can protect us.
- we know things like where there are condor habitat, that scientists don’t know.
- there is no world for wilderness in our language because all places are known. all places are some indigenous tribes home.
- culture and language teach us that we are not the most important thing. we are not in charge of the wildlife or animals.
- the places with the lowest economic development have the greatest wildlife. the industrial revolution passed those places by. this is good. all things in balance.
- indigenous names and languages help us maintain our store of knowledge. it is not meant to leave anyone out.
- scientists and indigenous speakers need each other.
- living in a place for thousand and thousands are empirical and longitudinal. it’s not double blind, but we know what a place’s carrying capacity is. we know what happens when a place is overhunted or overpopulated.
- we know that roads don’t belong in river bottoms. we know that garbage and pollution cannot accumulate.
- live as though your ancestors thousands of years from now will live in your backyard.