Earlier event

Indigenous knowledge – the practice of sustainable existence
May 5 – 6.

Climate changes are now an everyday experience and discussions about humanity’s relationships and responsibilities toward nature are gaining momentum. It seems we have to find new ways to identify with that which conditions our existence on this planet. We have to see us humans in a broader context – not as sovereigns but as small parts entangled in and depending on a complex weave. The border between humans, animals and nature, seems to be transgressed. While most of us struggle with a deeper understanding of this new reality, the indigenous peoples have always lived in coexistence with the nature and have seen the changes for a long time already. Therefore; indigenous knowledge and standpoints are becoming increasingly relevant as models for sustainable living, for scientist and for us all.

In connection with Marjetica Potrčs exhibition On Coexistence Kunsthall Trondheim gathers researches, artists and writers to discuss how to move towards a sustainable existence by learning from indigenous knowledge and how this knowledge can be used in scientific research on climate change.

Bobby C. Billie (leader of The Council of the Original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal People, will participate on video), Frank Ekeberg (music composer and researcher ), Douglas Nakashima (director for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge Section in UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector), Gene Ray (writer and researcher, professor of critical studies at HEAD-Genève), Marie Roué (director for Laboratory of Eco-anthropology and Ethnobiology National Museum of Natural History Paris), Judith D. Schwartz (journalist), Douglas Sheil (professor at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Ås), Ánde Somby (professor at Faculty of Law at the University of Tromsø) and Marjetica Potrč (artist and architect).

For more information about the participants download the Information PDF under ‘Extra material’.

The seminar is kindly supported by Fritt ord.

The seminar costs 350NOK or 250NOK (student), inclusive coffee, and 150NOK for dinner Friday May 5. Payment at arrival. Ánde Somby’s yoik performance Friday May 5, 8.15pm The Animals inside the man and the man inside the Animals costs 100NOK for audience that do not attend the seminar.

The registration for dinner Friday May 5 is now closed.

You can buy tickets to both the yoik performance and for the seminar at Kunsthall Trondheim.  For any questions contact office@kunsthalltrondheim.no

Programme for the seminar

Friday, May 5
12.30pm – 1pm
Coffee and registration

1pm – 1.45pm
Introduction by Marjetica Potrč: Public Space is a Social Agreement

2pm – 2.45pm
Marie Roué: Sami Knowledge in a Changing World – Sami Ecology and Science of Snow

2.45pm – 3.15pm
Coffee break

3.15pm – 4pm
Douglas Sheil: Toward Democratic Conservation: Peoples, Preferences and Principles

4.15pm – 5pm
Frank Ekeberg: Migratory birds and Cross-Border Cultural Connectivity

5pm – 6pm
Concluding discussion with Frank Ekeberg, Marjetica Potrč, Marie Roué and Douglas Shield
Moderator: Rita V. D’Oliveira Bouman (PhD Research Fellow, Programme for Applied Ethics, NTNU)

6pm – 8pm
Dinner for all seminar guests and audience
(paid at arrival)

8.15pm – 9pm
Yoik performance by Ánde Somby:
The Animals inside the man and the man outside the Animals

9pm – 11pm
Music and open bar

Saturday, May 6
11am – 11.45am
Judith D. Schwartz:
When the Land Needs the Animals Like Animals Need the Land

12pm – 12.45pm
Douglas Nakashima:
Indigenous Knowledge for Global Environmental Decision-making: Emergence and Contemporary Challenges

1.45pm – 2pm
Lunch will be served

2pm – 2.45pm
Ánde Somby:
When a Predator Culture meets a Prey culture

3pm – 3.45pm
Gene Ray with Bobby C. Billie:
Messages from Echabonmic

3.45pm – 4.45pm
Concluding discussion with Douglas Nakashima, Gene Ray, Judith D. Schwartz and Ánde Somby
Moderator: Rita V. D’Oliveira Bouman (PhD Research Fellow, Programme for Applied Ethics, NTNU)