Rematriating Well-Being: Indigenous Foodways, Sovereignty, and Sowing Seeds of Hope for Tomorrow

Apr 07, 2023 10:00 am 4:00 pm
Lyman Hall, 132,
100 College Pl. Syracuse, NY 13244

Join us for the 2023 Ray Smith Symposium: “Rematriating Well-Being: Indigenous Foodways, Sovereignty, and Sowing Seeds of Hope for Tomorrow.” The event features lectures and a panel discussion from internationally renowned Indigenous knowledge keepers as well as a catered Indigenous foods luncheon. In-person attendance limited to first 100 registrants. Registration is required to attend in-person. Remote attendance via Zoom is open to all, though registration is required for access to the Zoom event link.


Tarcila Rivera Zea [Quechua-Chanka]

With a trajectory of more than 40 years, from her association CHIRAPAQ and other international spaces, Rivera Zea contributes to the vindication of ancestral cultures, the training of Indigenous leaders and the fight against all forms of violence. Likewise, she promotes the coordination of organizational processes and the strengthening of the Indigenous women’s movement from the local to the global level. She was a member of the Global Advisory Committee of the Civil Society of UN Women and was an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the period 2017 – 2019.

Dr. Jessica Hutchings [Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Huirapa, Gujarati]

Nationally and internationally recognised as a leader in Indigenous food systems and Māori food and soil sovereignty, Dr. Hutchings is a founding Trustee of the Papawhakaritorito Charitable Trust that works to uplift Māori kai and soil sovereignty and Hua Parakore through research, development and community practice. Dr Hutchings has been working at the crossroads of Indigenous knowledge, whānau and environmental wellbeing for the last three decades and is passionate about Indigenous social justice and self-determination.

Angela Ferguson [Onondaga]

Angela grew up on the Tuscarora Nation territories in western New York, where she learned about the care and preparation of traditional foods. Today Ferguson is the Supervisor of the Onondaga Nation Farm. Her many passions include Haudenosaunee Traditional Agriculture, Seed Caring, Traditional Cooking Methods, Knowledge Sharing, Youth Mentorship, & Traditional Hide Tanning. She travels across the Turtle Island (North America) to expand her knowledge about Indigenous heritage seeds and food preparation as one of the founding coordinators of Braiding the Sacred, an Indigenous network of corn growers across Turtle Island.

This event has been sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center, The Center for Global Indigenous Cultures and Environmental Justice, the Departments of Religion, Geography, Women’s and Gender Studies, Food Studies, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, the Native Student Program, the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Engaged Humanities Network.

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This event was first published on March 15th, 2023 and last updated on March 15th, 2023.

Event Details

  • Category
  • Type
    Lectures and Seminars
  • Region
    Hybrid Campus and Virtual
  • Open to
  • Cost
  • Organizers
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Contact
    Nathan Abrams
    (315) 443- 9228 x39228
  • Accessibility
    Contact Nathan Abrams to request accommodations