Yellowstone Communities and Kinship: Exploring our Place in this Place
January 8 - 11
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Sam Archibald, M.E.M.
Conservation, Ecology, Wildlife
Join me in greeting our community members that live throughout the Yellowstone landscape. This seminar explores the concept of environmental kinship, the idea that Homo sapiens (we) are simply members of the ecological communities that surround us. By focusing on shared relationships, kinship highlights the agency of the more-than-human world as well as the reciprocal gifts and responsibilities we share with one another. As the epitome of ecological interdependence, Yellowstone is a prime place to study kinship.
By alternating between experiencing this landscape (through wildlife watching and snowshoeing) and classroom discussions of the works of notable conservationists and environmental thinkers such as Robin Wall Kimmerer, Aldo Leopold, Gavin Van Horn, John Hausdoerffer, Mary Oliver and others, we will attempt to apply kinship to the ways we conceptualize and engage with Yellowstone and other wild places. We will share with each other our own insights to interacting with place and engaging those non-human relations; there is so much we can learn from one another!
About the Instructor
Sam Archibald is a Lead Field Educator for Yellowstone Forever. After completing his B.A. in history, Sam served with the US Peace Corps, working with an Ecuadorian nonprofit organization to develop outdoor leadership and environmental education programs for youth. Sam has continued to focus on outdoor education, joining the National Park Service as a Crew Leader for the Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps and earning his master’s degree in Environmental Management. Sam is grateful for every day he gets to spend out in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and looks forward to the continual discoveries offered by this wild and wonderful landscape.
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