The foundation of native traditional culture is perceived as a world view that everything in nature is related. American culture is based on economy, which makes sense, since 85% of the population live in cities, which are man-made environments. Come and learn what you can do to support and incorporate Indigenous Knowledge with your work and why you need to be patient while seeking it from tribal people. Listen first hand about the process of how Native communities are reclaiming their ancestors' foundation of knowledge while healing from the historical trauma of the boarding school era. This presentation will give a brief overview of tribal community and how the traditional structure is the basis of our contemporary communities. Renee Wasson Dillard welcomes your questions and is prepared to not be "offended" by all inquiries from the invested and interested audience.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Commission
Renee Dillard is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and an accomplished master finger weaver, black ash basket maker, culture bearer and educator. In addition to making black ash baskets, Renee weaves cedar bark and cattail and bulrish mats, makes birch bark boxes, and finger weaves sashes, a tradition she learned as a young girl from her mother. She is recognized for her dedicated, effective teaching and for passing on her skills to others within tribal communities and in museum programs, offering workshops to youth, adults and elders through powwows and artist-in-residencies. Renee is a 2010 recipient of the Michigan Heritage Award and a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Commission.