Traditional Knowledge and Healthy Ecosystems Summit

    2012 August 29-31

In the Scenic Columbia River Gorge

At Skamania Lodge

We invite all who are involved with tribal resource care and management in the greater Pacific Northwest in community planning, habitat restoration, landscapes, preventative health, cultural knowledge and food security who want to gain and share information to build and maintain sustainability within tribal communities.

This Summit is designed to educate and inspire participants to bring home ideas and skills to put to use in their tribal communities. Participants are coming from throughout the northwest from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia and beyond as far away as Australia.

We are offering a wide array of Presentations, Roundtables, Panels, Workshops and Knowledge Keeper Circles to appeal to a wide range of participants with a focus on finding solutions (see our Schedule page for more information).

We will also have several field trip options to give handson, real-world examples of presentation topics. We hope you will join us in seeking and sharing knowledge and positive solutions to the problems we all face in these times.

Thursday Night Banquet Buffet at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center

With speaker/storyteller Larry Merculieff, Salmon Safe Wine-Tasting, and Klahowya Barter Faire

‘Klahowya Barter Faire’ Description

The Columbia River was historically a central point for a regional trade network which extended as far north as Alaska, south to California, east to the Great Lakes and beyond. The people along the Big River were famous as traders, men and women alike, negotiating trade for important foods, materials and exotic luxuries; from dried salmon meal, seal oil and berries, canoes and baskets, obsidian and jadeite, to walrus tusk, mountain sheep horn, elk hide and buffalo robes and much more. Strands of dentalia, made from a tubular shell of a sea creature harvested off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, served as a form of money, much like gold, silver and copper in the form of coins are used today. A common trade language, known today as Chinook Wawa, was developed in order to facilitate trade between people of many different languages who came to trade.

Join us in our own little barter fair, using only Chinook Wawa or hand gestures, which will start after our dinner. Each guest will receive a strand of dentalia to help with your trading, and we invite you to bring something little but wonderful from your homelands to trade; berry jam, homemade jerky, a small basket, a roll of cedar bark or other basketry materials, a small carving, jewelry, smoked salmon, traditional artwork, or whatever else you would like to share. We are asking that people only use the trade language (we will provide ‘cheat sheets’ and dictionaries) or use your hands. Help learn how we can bring back a form of economic security which can still play a part in strong healthy and sustainable communities, while having a great time and gaining new treasures from afar!