Orville Huntington | Monday, 19 April 2010 - Friday, 23 April 2010
In April 2010 Orville Huntington travelled to Charleston, Illinois to present at Eastern Illinois University. Orville spoke with EIU students enrolled in the class Hunters and Gatherers. His two articles, "The Significance of Context in Community-Based Research" and "They're here – I can feel them: the epistemic spaces of Indigenous and Western Knowledge" will be the basis for his lecture to the EIU students. Orville's research interests include: impacts of subsistence on fish, animals, and plants of northern ecosystems; the evaluation of current policy and regulations and their affects on the subsistence methods and means of harvesting fish, wildlife, and plants; and the use of Native American Traditional Ecological Knowledge to better understand how global climate change is affecting the subsistence resources in northern areas. Orville's public lecture was titled, "Coping with Climate Change in Native Alaska, presented at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall on 21 April. Orville also had the opportunity to visit Carl Sandburg Elementary School where he talked with the third graders about climate change and the effects in his community. The third graders have been immersed in a unit about Native American culture and history. The hope of the tour is to broaden EIU student's cultural horizons, as EIU is composed of less than 1% Native American/Alaskan Eskimo students. Orville's main focus is on the preservation of Native subsistence hunting, fishing, and trapping opportunities and the cultural significance of these events.