Exploring Indigenous Cultures and Customs -- Penn State to Host Indigenous Knowledges Conference

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"Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy," will be held on May 27 and 28, 2004 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa. The conference will bring together scholars, educators and practitioners from around the world to discuss and promote research on food, wellness, nature, and the generation and transfer of indigenous knowledge.

Penn State offers a unique opportunity to explore indigenous cultures and customs in one location. "Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy," to be held on May 27 and 28, 2004, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa., will bring together scholars, educators and practitioners from around the world to discuss and promote research on food, wellness, nature, and the generation and transfer of indigenous knowledge.

"The major goal of 'Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy' is to convene an international forum of indigenous and academic scholars to explore ways of linking academies and communities in mutually beneficial, respectful relationships," said Dr. Audrey Maretzki, one of the conference organizers. Throughout the conference, presenters will discuss indigenous cultures and customs and the measures these indigenous cultures take toward preserving natural resources, food consumption and production, education, medicine, customs and more.

The first night of "Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy" will explore African cultures and customs through traditional foods and festivities. The second day of the conference will highlight the cuisine, cultures and customs native to India and their relevance to the academy.

"Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy" will conclude with a special showing of photographs by anthropologist and ethnobiologist Wade Davis. Davis, currently the National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, is the keynote speaker for the conference. He is the author of numerous books and more than 100 popular and scientific articles that document his work in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Arctic and reflect his sensitivity to the ethnosphere that has produced the diverse knowledges that will be featured during this conference.

"Indigenous Knowledges: Transforming the Academy" is sponsored by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge and partners. More information about the conference can be obtained by calling 814-863-5100 or by visiting the Web site: http://www.outreach.psu.edu/proge/IndigenousKnowledges

For more information about the program, contact Pam Driftmier at 814-863-5100 or pal7@outreach.psu.edu

Editor contact: Lisa Clapper, 814-865-7600 or lcc1000@outreach.psu.edu

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