NW Coast Ethnobotany: Lessons for Food Systems Sustainability

Assorted traditional Native American halibut fishing hooks and tools

Thursday, February 17, 2022
4:30 p.m. PT




Check out this video to watch the NW Coast Ethnobotany: Lessons for Food Systems Sustainability.

Environmental Speaker Series

Brought to you by the College of the Environment and the Salish Sea Institute in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

For countless generations Native Americans and First Peoples have stewarded the rich and diverse ecosystems throughout this region which range from as deep as a Halibut can dive to as high as a Mountain Goat can climb. Join ethnobotanist T. Abe Lloyd as he explores the resiliency of Indigenous food systems by using an ecological lens to compare and contrast traditional and industrial food systems. He’ll close by reflecting on how social paradigms guide food systems.

More information about the speaker series is available here, and past Environmental Speaker Series recordings are available here.

We are excited that we will be live-streaming from a WWU classroom for the webinar for our off-campus audience. Due to the pandemic, only WWU students will be in-person for the presentation but we look forward to welcoming you all to class virtually.

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T. Abe Lloyd

T. Abe Lloyd


T. Abe Lloyd is an instructor at WWU’s College of the Environment and Fairhaven College. His academic training is in ethnoecology and during his early studies he began a decade long apprenticeship with the late Kwakwaka’wakw elder Kwaxsistalla, who guided and informed Abe’s understanding of traditional stewardship practices. In 2012 Abe moved back to his home town of Bellingham and began teaching at WWU. His instruction is typically field based and often integrates themes of natural history, ethnobotany, and environmental sustainability with the goal of instilling a deeper sense of place in his students.

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Environmental Speaker Series. Send email to  stefan@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
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