Come to this month's Naturalist Night lecture at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and learn about the history and culture of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band! California Indians managed and sustained cultural ecosystems with traditional resource and environmental management practices for centuries. Today, after a period of colonial dispossession, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is fulfilling their obligation to their Creator by relearning traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and returning to their traditional territory, which includes Santa Cruz and surrounding areas, to steward and care for Mother Earth.
Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez will discuss the history of the tribe and how the Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) was developed as a means to assist the tribe in their efforts to gain access to lands within their tribal territory. Sara French, research associate with AMLT, will give examples of how the AMLT is restoring indigenous stewardship to Amah Mutsun ancestral lands using research and education, conservation and restoration, and innovative partnerships in the Santa Cruz mountains and beyond.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 8 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95062