Cultural Significance of Nature/Gardening to Indigenous Tribal Peoples

This Sunday we will explore the cultural and sacred significance of nature, plants and gardening structure/ceremony to indigenous native peoples living in harmony with the world around them.

Our speaker, Diana Peterson, is Menominee enrolled with descendent of the Oneida and Ho-chunk. She has an MS in Science and is currently completing her PhD in the UW Madison Fellowship Program with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her PhD degree will be in Environment and Resources with a certificate in Culture, History and the Environment.

Diana is a trained ethnobotanist and her Master’s thesis, “The Three Sisters Garden”, explores the cultural devastation that occurred when traditional ways of sharing land and gardening were destroyed by divisions of lands and oppression of cultures of the Oneida population in the Green Bay/Brown County area. She is currently working with Wild Rice (Manoomin) to determine best ways to preserve its habitats and protect and restore its place in the sacred practices of the native cultures of Wisconsin.

We are pleased and honored to welcome Diana and learn from her experiences as an indigenous woman sharing her culture and her understanding of what it is to live in harmony and partnership with our Mother, Earth.