2019 Theme:

Reclaiming Food As Family Medicine


wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, Intellectual House
4249 Whitman Court,
Seattle, WA 98195
University of Washington

Dates & Times

Friday May 3, 2019

Saturday May 4, 2019

Friday Keynote Address


Dr Rāwiri Tinirau

Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi

Dr Rāwiri Tinirau is of Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi descent, and has genealogical connections to several hapū (extended family groupings) and iwi (tribal groupings) throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.  He is Director of Te Atawhai o Te Ao, an independent Māori institute focused on health and environmental research, as well as Deputy Chair of Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui, the post settlement governance entity for the Whanganui River settlement.  Rāwiri serves on a number of governance and advisory boards, and has several interests, including Māori community development, performing and literary arts, land custodianship, education, and economic development.  He has presented on the distinctive culturally defined Māori notion of ‘kai’ vs. the western cultural meaning associated with ‘food’ resulting from a Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga research project.

Fiona Wiremu

Tūhoe (Ngāti Hāmua & Te Mahurehure) and Ngāti Ranginui (Ngai Tamarāwaho)

Ms Wiremu is from the New Zealand tribes of Tūhoe (Ngāti Hāmua & Te Mahurehure) and Ngāti Ranginui (Ngai Tamarāwaho). Her masters thesis explores Māori educational underachievement of students from disadvantaged communities through a critique of Kura Kaupapa Māori (Māori schooling models) vs. a business/government/private schooling model. Her areas of research include Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) inclusive of language, culture and identity; Whai Rawa (Māori economies); Te Tai Ao (The Natural Environment); Mauri Ora (Human Flourishing); and Māori community self-development initiatives inclusive of whānau (family) and hapū (sub-tribe) development. She is an educator of Indigenous Business teaching at an indigenous-university (Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi). Fiona holds a number of governance roles across the health sector (Māori/Indigenous and Western). She has presented on the distinctive culturally defined Māori notion of ‘kai’ vs. the western cultural meaning associated with ‘food’ resulting from a Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga research project.


He moumou kai, he moumou tāngata: Kai governance, kai sovereignty, and the (re)production of Kai – He Rongoā ngā kai (kai as medicine).

Saturday Keynote Adress


Gail Gus Williams


Gail Gus Williams is a member of the Tseshaht Nation on Vancouver Island, B.C., and has been working for her Nation for 20 years as the Crisis Care & Wellness Coordinator. Her work and educational background focus on community wellness and treatment grounded in cultural traditions and spiritual teachings. Through her work, Gail provides community-based crisis care support by promoting positive and healthy lifestyles. She strives to improve the individual and collective health of the Tseshaht community and coordinates health and wellness seminars, traditional foods and medicines workshops, and opened a fitness center and gym. Understanding the significance of culture to health and wellness, Gail also holds cedar bark weaving, moccasin and drum making, and fish canning classes. In 2014 she started the Tseshaht Garden project as a way to bring the community together to cultivate the garden, share the foods that were produced, and learn about healthy foods and lifestyles.

Dr Charlotte Coté


Dr. Charlotte Coté is a member of the Tseshaht (Nuu-chah-nulth) Nation and is Associate Professor in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington. Dr. Coté is the author of Spirits of Our Whaling Ancestors. Revitalizing Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Traditions, a book that examines issues around Indigenous self-determination, eco-colonialism and food sovereignty. She has dedicated her personal and academic life to creating awareness around Indigenous foods, health, diet and wellness and is currently completing her next book titled, Uu-a-thluk (taking care of): Revitalizing Indigenous Foodways and Restoring Health and Wellness in Northwest Coast Native Communities. Dr. Coté chairs the UW’s wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (Intellectual House) Advisory Committee, is co-editor of the UW Press’ Indigenous Confluences series, and is President of the Native-led nonprofit Potlatch Fund. She is the founder and chair of the “Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Indigenous Foods Symposium.


tuukᵚʔasiił (cultivating) a Space for Community Healing, Wellness, and Revitalization: The Tseshaht Community Garden Project.

Speakers & Panels

Isabell Ides


Traditional Foods and Medicines-Hi·dasubač Intiative.

Talon Claybrook,


Brian Klopotek


& Joe Scott

Reflections on The Three Sisters Project: Growing Corn, Beans, and Squash Out of Place.

Lisa M. Barrell & Mack Grinnell

Jamestown S’Klallam

yəhúməct Taking Care of Yourself with Traditional Foods and Culture. Jamestown S’Klallam Traditional Foods Project.

Noemi Perez Vargas

Zapotec community of Cuajimoloyas, Oaxaca Mexico

Herencia de una Tierra Viva (Legacy of a Living Land).

Janis Fairbanks, Jeff Savage, Ellen Friedrich, & Zackarion LaRonge

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Nagaajiwanaang: Dakonigaade gaye ganawenjige i’iw gete-wiisiniwin dawiidookodaadiwag.
(They take hold of and care of the old foods to help each other.)

Fond du Lac Reservation: Reclaiming and Revitalizing Food Traditions for Community Wellness.

Vina Brown


ƛ̓kvḷá: Roe, Rights, and Resistance.

Mariaelena Huambachano


Food is Sacred: It is our “Right to Food and Holistic Well-being.”

Adrianne Lickers Xavier

Six Nations

Our Sustenance. Six Nations Food Access Program.

Patricia Conway &


Davina Barril


Chief Leschi School students: “Reclaiming Food as Family Medicine with Evergreen Tree Tip Teas and Herbal Honeys.”

Shallee Baker

Port Gamble S’Klallam

Port Gamble S’Klallam, Traditional Sustainable Practices.

Tli’linukw, Sara Child & Tłi’anis, Ema Sheena


Kwakiutl and Interior Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw Youth, “Hase’: Breath of our Ancestors. Language Revitalization and the restoration of Sa̱nala: Wholeness.”

Glen Pinkham


Glen Pinkham verses Washington case – selling elk & deer jerky.

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