Lake County News, California – Middletown Art Center Hosts Panel on Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Fire Management March 5

Fire Series 2 by Ali Meders-Knight.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — The Middletown Art Center will host a roundtable this weekend on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, or TEK, and fire management.

The event will take place via Zoom from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.

The roundtable will feature Meyo Marrufo, Ali Meders-Knight and Jessica Brown and will be moderated by Weaving Project lead artist Corine Pearce. All are TEK practitioners, cultural educators, cultural artists and basket weavers.

In their field work, they maintained gathering sites and helped people restore native plants and ecological balance in areas affected by wildfires. There is a lot to learn and put into practice with TEK, to live more sustainably in a region where fire is part of life.

“People have to understand that we will never win. Fire will always win. And so what we need to do is work around the fire to be able to defend our space, do what we need to do before we get to catastrophic fires,” said Brown, a southern land steward. -is from Pomo who has worked in eco-restoration. and fire ecology in Lake County and on a food sovereignty project for the Elem Tribe.

The TEK is based on 20,000 years of local indigenous knowledge of local ecosystems and watersheds.

“It’s ancestral knowledge that our people have practiced over time,” Maruffo said. “It’s a new word but not a new theory.”

Marrufo, an Eastern Pomo from the Clear Lake Basin, also works to restore and protect environmental and cultural landscapes and tribal ways of life as the Environmental Director of Guidiville Rancheria in Mendocino County and is the California representative for the EPA’s National Tribal Caucus.

“My people managed this land collectively to ensure peace, prosperity and health for all who lived there. This is why it is important now to educate the whole community on how to manage the land, because it supports our economy,” explained Meders-Knight, a member of the Mechoopda tribe in the Chico region and an advocate for resilience. community and shared prosperity through community land management.

Sign up for Zoom access to this invaluable discussion at www.bit.ly/TEKlake. Pre-registration is required for the Zoom Room to accommodate all virtual attendees. The fees are decreasing and support the project and the project documentation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

This event was previously scheduled for February 26 and due to unforeseen circumstances has been rescheduled to March 5 from 4-6 p.m. If you are already registered, the same Zoom link will work.

For more information, visit www.middletownartcenter.org.​