Luke Gascho, retired Executive Director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education, will be presenting a lecture entitled: Living on Indigenous Landscapes: The Intersection of Potawatomi and Settler Histories in Northern Indiana on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 4pm at the Havilah Beardsley House. This event is free and open to the public.
The history of land in North America is most commonly viewed only through the eyes of people who colonized the continent. Learning more about the culture and actions of Indigenous people toward the land aids in restorative actions toward the land and people. During this talk, insights will be shared regarding the framework that gave governments moral and legal justifications to invade Indigenous lands and dominate and force removal of Indigenous peoples. Topics will also include what the continent was like before 1492, insights into the interactions between Indigenous peoples and settlers in Elkhart County, IN, and current actions that can lead to right relationships between people and the land.
An essential question that the lecture answers: Who were the Indigenous peoples who lived on the land where we live today and how can we respond to the injustices that caused them to be removed from this land?
Hosted by Ruthmere Book Club. It is supported by Indiana Humanities as part of the Unearthed program series. Unearthed is a new multiyear thematic initiative that encourages Hoosiers to discover and discuss their relationships with the natural world.
302 E. Beardsley Ave.
Elkhart, IN 46514