Local descendant communities and Indigenous nations continue to be at the center of heritage preservation efforts. While their methods are not always recognized by academic or governmental organizations, they employ innovative, culturally appropriate ways of caring for and keeping alive their heritage in all its manifestations. This panel is comprised of leading Indigenous and Black activists, scholars, and community organizers, providing a renewed focus on contemporary conservation practices, history telling, and ways of being in the world.
Erik Denson, Lead Instructor, Diving With a Purpose Maritime Archaeology Program
Frandelle Gerard, Executive Director, Crucian Heritage and Nature Tourism
Octavius Seowtewa (A:shiwi), Zuni Cultural Resources Advisory Team
Judy Dow (Winooski Abenaki), Executive Director, Gedakina
Reno Keoni Franklin (Kashia Band of Pomo Indians), Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe
CART captioning provided by Lori Stavropoulos.