Partnering with our Nations' First People
THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC GARDENS ASSOCIATION VOLUME 34, ISSUE 2, 2019. Article starts on page 6.
Collaborations with indigenous peoples can enhance the educational experience at a botanical garden by providing alternative viewpoints through the lens of their language and worldview. By including the voices of North America’s first inhabitants in our interpretive efforts, we provide an opportunity for our guests to discover the cultural stories and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge held by these peoples. Conversely, we cultivate spaces where Indigenous Peoples are welcome, celebrated, and respected.