Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Traditional Ecological Knowledge
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Traditional Ecological Knowledge is all around us. In some circuits it’s a trending buzzword. What is TEK? How does it relate to scientific knowledge? Traditional knowledge is embedded within the very fabric of our existence as Anishinaabeg.

Come learn a little about Ojibwe history in the upper Great Lakes and how these knowledge systems have been both maintained and revitalized to help many tribal nations with environmental relationships and environmental decision-making.

Recording of this presentation is not available.

Presenter biography

Dylan Jennings, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission

Dylan Jennings

Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings is a member of the marten clan. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with degrees in Anthropology, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, and American Indian Studies.

Jennings is set to complete his Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison Nelson Institute in spring 2021.

Jennings is a Bad River Tribal Member and a former Tribal Council Member for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, where he served two consecutive terms as an elected official. He served as an appointed representative for the EPA region 5 Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC). Currently Dylan resides in Odanah, and works as the Director of Public Information for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission.

The job requires him to be fluent and up to date with tribal news and issues. He also serves as a writer, photographer and editor for the Mazina’igan newspaper. Bizhikiins presents at many public engagements and schools throughout the Midwest on topics ranging from: traditional subsistence, sovereignty, tribal environmental perspective, cultural immersion, Ojibwemowin, Tribal Historic Preservation, food sovereignty, Ojibwe curriculum, and cultural identity. Bizhkiins is also an adjunct instructor at Northland College in the American Indian Studies Department where he teaches Introduction to Ojibwe language and culture. He also serves as an appointed member of the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Bizhikiins has been a recent recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development “40 under 40” award and a recipient of the UW Madison Nelson Institute Rising Star Alumni award.

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