Climate Change and Native Knowledge
Media Type: Webinar
  • Margo Robbins
    Cultural Fire Management Council
Host Agency:
  • Oregon State University
Date: January 18, 2022

Cataloging Information

  • climate change
  • controlled burns
  • forest management
  • land management
  • TEK - traditional ecological knowledge
  • Yurok Tribe
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Record Last Modified: January 28, 2022
FRAMES Record Number: 65199


In her talk "Climate Change and Native Knowledge," Margo Robbins shares her experience bringing Traditional Ecological Knowledge into practice as her and her networks rekindle an age-old relationship with fire. She discusses how using smaller, controlled burns can help communities take better care of their lands and their people. Robbins comes from the traditional Yurok village of Morek and is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe. Since creation, her people have been caring for the land by setting fires. She is the co-founder and executive director of the Cultural Fire Management Council, a community-based organization furthering fire use and cultural resource management. She is a key planner and organizer of the Cultural Burn Training Exchange (TREX) that takes place on the Yurok reservation twice a year. She is also a co-lead and advisor for the Indigenous People's Burn Network, a collaboration of Native nations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies focused on using fire to manage forests. This lecture was presented on January 18, 2022. It is part of "Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire," a series hosted by the Spring Creek Project and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University (OSU). The talk was co-sponsored by OSU's Center for the Humanities, OSU's Sustainability Office, OSU's Arts and Education Complex, and The talk is followed by a Q&A, moderated by Spring Creek Project Program Manager Carly Lettero.

Recording Length: 0:51:59
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