Past Event

Julian Brave NoiseCat - Red Herring

October 25, 2022
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM
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Online and in-person; Online and in-person; Schapiro CEPSR (Davis Auditorium), Columbia University, 530 West 120th Street, New York

Event Description

In Sitka, Alaska, Indigenous peoples and commercial fishermen are locked in a fight over one of the last remaining herring fisheries in the North Pacific. Herring is one of the most important fish in the ocean. They feed everything: salmon, whales, seals, sea otters, sea lions, seagulls, eagles, and humans. For coastal Indigenous nations like the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian, herring eggs are a delicacy exchanged and eaten at ceremonial feasts. For the fishing fleet, herring eggs are a valuable commodity sold for top dollar at Japanese markets. Based on a chapter from his forthcoming book, We Survived the Night, writer Julian Brave NoiseCat tells the story of Indigenous technologies, traditions, and movements shaping the future of an ecosystem.

Event Speakers

  • Julian Brave NoiseCat, Indigenous writer, activist, and policy advocate
  • Moderated by Pamela Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and Director of the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. Columbia University ID holders may attend in person. Other in-person attendees must follow Columbia's COVID-19 policies, which include mandatory proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all visitors to campus. Online attendees will receive a Zoom link from Eventbrite. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

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