The 12th Annual Rooted in the Mountains Symposium will occur Thursday and Friday, September 23 and 24, 2021.
Theme: Seeding Sovereignty: Sustainable Agriculture, Sustaining Culture & Health
Rooted in the mountains is designed to raise awareness of health and environmental consequences of mountaintop removal. Participants will go away with a new sense of urgency and tools to use in valuing our common ground.
Meeting to be held at the Blue Ridge Conference Room on Main Campus. Masks are required for attendance.
Early Registration Fee $75.00
Late Registration after September 1st 2021 is $125.00
There is no available overnight lodging on campus. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Comfort Inn in Sylva for the symposium. Other lodging may be available in nearby Sylva or Dillsboro. For a listing, please visit mountainlovers.com.
|Welcome and Announcements||9:00|
|Introduction of Theme - Dr. Tom Belt (Cherokee)
Sowing Seeds of Sovereignty: Food Sustainability & Health
|Break||10:15 - 10:30|
|Keynote Speaker: Dr. Clint Carroll (Cherokee Nation)||10:30 -11:30|
|Lunch (on your own)||11:30 -1:00|
|Local Food and Nutrition: Utilizing Ancient Food Practices to Address Modern Chronic
Abstract: For thousands of years the Cherokee people lived off the land and sourced their food from the earth. In modern times, however, processed food, and lack of availability of local and whole foods, has contributed to our current obesity and diabetes epidemics. Come learn from our panelists about ancient food practices and nutrition, such as the "Three Sisters" triad of squash, corn, and beans, and how they can be utilized to improve physical and spiritual wellness for all.
Panelists: Melissa Lewis, Ph.D. (Cherokee Nation) Assist. Prof. of Family and Community Medicine
at University of Missouri School of Medicine
|EBCI: Using Language and Culture to Promote Nutrition and Health
Several Tribal agencies worked together to create Cherokee My Plate Videos. These videos promote important nutritional and food information through Cherokee language and culture.Panelists: Aneva Hagburg, Garfield Long, Rose James, RN
|Break||3:00 – 3:15|
Incorporation of Traditional Foods for Chronic Disease Prevention
Panelists: Robin Bailey-Callahan, MHS, RD, LDN, Program Director, Cherokee Choices And Nurse
Family Partnership, EBCI
|3:15 – 4:30|
Discussions Q&A for the Day’s topics
Traditional Cherokee Supper provided by NIAWA @ Star Gallery
Importance of Traditional Agricultural Methods of the Cherokee People
Wild Plants, Lost Crops, and Resilient Agriculture in Ancient Appalachia
Participants discuss the archaeological history of Native people’s use of plant foods, from foraging to farming, in the Southern Appalachians, and how it ties into current efforts in sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty.
Panelists: Dr. Kandace Hollenback, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
|11:00 - 12:00|
|Lunch (on your own)||12:00 -1:30|
Representing Indigenous Foods, Creativity, and Wellbeing in Appalachia
Panelists: Erica Abrams Locklear, Juan Sanchez Martinez, and Ameena Batada
Settler-Colonialism on the March: American Chestnuts, GMOs, and the Eastern Cherokee
Panelists: Dr. Donald Davis, Appalachian environmental historian and author of the forthcoming
magnum opus on the American Chestnut (University of Georgia press Fall 2021) The American Chestnut: An Environmental History and the classic award-winning Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of the Southern Appalachians.
rganizer: Dr. Jim Veteto, Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology, Ethnobotany, and Cherokee Studies, Western Carolina University
|Wrap up and Facilitated Discussion||3:30 – 4:30|