Right channel recorded at lower level for much of program and occasionally drops out entirely. Gap in program in Part 3 from 00:31:54-00:32:26 with heavy buzzing during this section.
Altered Terrain: A Symposium on the Landscpe: Mel Chin, Susan Griffin, Vana Lawson
Throughout 1992, the Columbus Quincentennial, Headlands programing focused on the theme of Cultural Encounters. This examined the question of discovery and conquest, bringing together Native and non-Native thinkers, artists, environmentalists, and activists to discuss contrasting views of the indigenous Americans and the European explorers on religion, activism, the environment, and cultural practices. This tape in a discussion between visual artist Mel Chin, poet and writer Susan Griffin, and ethnobotanist Vana Lawson. Conversation focused on these questions: How do we come to tend the altered terrain of the new world with its multitude of immigrant species, lost or constructed hills, polluted rivers and dales, air and soil? What projects and processes can help us develop a symbolic relation to the environment rather than parasitic or purely cosmetic relation to the land? What is the thinking that should inform our aesthetic? Mel Chin is a visual artist whose work has dealt with environmental reclamation and concern for vanishing species. His installations and projects have been seen in galleries and museums across the country. Susan Griffin is a poet and essayist, author of Woman and Nature, Pornography and Silence and Made from this Earth. In her work she articulates the relationship between feminism and environmental concerns. Vana Lawson (Pomo Kashaya) is an ethnobotanist at Ya-Ka-Ama Native Plant Nursery and has worked as an educator and community activist, teaching Indian culture and the development of native plants in Sonoma. Ms, Lawson has written and lectured extensively on traditional Native uses of plants. (from 1992)
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