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The People Facing the Sun

October 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians President Rudy Ortega, Jr. and Pamela Villaseñor, Director of the Tribe’s Health and Social Wellness Department, in conversation with journalist and environmental historian Jon Christensen, from KCET and UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, to learn how the local tribe is working with allies in our broader community to protect and restore sacred sites, preserve and celebrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge and practices, ensure their children are educated in science and Indigenous wisdom, and win back the full rights and recognition taken from the Tribe when settler colonialism came to Los Angeles.

The conversation is part of Burbank Reads 2021. This year’s selection for Burbank Reads is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, which explores Native American ideas about ecological sustainability, care for the land, gratitude for what nature gives us, and reciprocity, what we give back to nature, ideas that challenge us to consider our contemporary relationship with the “other than human” world.




October 7, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm