Haskell professor to discuss his latest nonfiction work at Raven Book Store event

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Local author and Haskell Indian Nations University professor Daniel Wildcat will round out the Raven Book Store’s 2023 event slate Friday with a discussion over his new book, “On Indigenuity: Learning the Lessons of Mother Earth.”

Wildcat will read excerpts from the new book and lead a discussion over its topic of Indigenous ingenuity and its power in addressing environmental crises. 

Indigenuity “was born of a careful mindfulness and attentiveness to our planet and all of its creatures, and a recognition that human experience is intertwined with all that surrounds us,” according to a news release from the Raven. “As a society, we rarely pay attention to our land, air, and water, exacting a high price for all life on this planet. On Indigenuity is a call for us to learn a key lesson: it’s time to apply ancient Indigenous wisdom to solve modern problems.”

“On Indigenuity”

Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and has been a premier scholar and writer on a wide range of Indigenous topics for decades. He is the author of several books. 

A news release from the Raven described Wildcat as “one of our most beloved local authors and Indigenous thinkers.”

Wildcat was formerly a visiting professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College and helped create the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center in 1994.

As a speaker, Wildcat has offered programs for many scientific organizations and universities on traditional ecological knowledges. 

Currently, he is working to develop the Rising Voices, Changing Coasts Research Hub at Haskell, a $20 million, five-year project that centers Indigenous knowledge as integral to climate science seeking to understand the impacts of climate change on coastal Indigenous peoples of the U.S. and its territories.

The event is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the Raven, 809 Massachusetts St. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

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