2022 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Daniel R. Wildcat

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Dr. Daniel R. Wildcat

Traditional Ecological Knowledges (TEKs) & Indigenuity: Antidotes to Destruction in an Age of Global Climate Change

Wednesday, May 25 at 9 a.m.


Traditional ecological knowledges (TEKs) represent deep spatial experiential knowledges embedded in language, stories, songs, ceremonies and everyday customs and habits emergent from the symbiotic relationship of Peoples and places. This brief reflection on TEKs and their application in exercises of Indigenous ingenuity or Indigenuity suggests that planners might benefit from an understanding of both as they increasingly must face the challenge of planning in the face of climate change and the uncertainty it produces. 


Dr. Daniel R. Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma and a Indigenous & American Indian Studies faculty member at Haskell Indian Nations University. His service as teach and administrator at Haskell spans 36 years. In 2013 he was the Gordon Russell visiting professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. Dr. Wildcat received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In 1994 he partnered with the Hazardous Substance Research Center at Kansas State University to create the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center to facilitate: 

  1. Technology transfer to tribal governments and Native communities
  2. Transfer of accurate environmental information to tribes
  3. Research opportunities to tribal college faculty and students throughout the United States

He is the author and editor of several books: Power and Place: Indian Education In America, with Vine Deloria, Jr.; Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria's Legacy on Intellectual America, with Steve Pavlik. His book, Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge, suggests Indigenous ingenuity - Indegenuity - is required to reduce the environmental damage in the Anthropocene. He is co-author of the Southern Great Plains chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment