Tlingit oral histories and place names describe ancient landscape changes and migrations of people that are thousands of years old. These narratives can help scientists understand not only how the landscape has changed, but how these changes have impacted a variety of resources. The convergence of Tlingit Ecological Knowledge, or Tlingit Science, with Euro-American science can potentially enable us to understand and manage resources better in a dynamic landscape like Southeast Alaska.
Sealaska Heritage Institute will sponsor a brown bag lunch lecture on this topic in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Professor of Anthropology Dan Monteith from the University of Alaska Southeast will speak from noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the 4th floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Dybdahl at 586-9234 or visit www.sealaskaheritage.org.