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Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderment in Native California, on Zoom
With Malcolm Margolin, Paul Hawken and Friends - including Michelle La Pena (Pit River Tribe), Claire Greensfelder and other invited guests. Cosponsored by Heyday and California Institute for Community, Art & Nature

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00pm

Cosponsored by Heyday and California Institute for Community, Art & Nature

Join Malcolm Margolin and friends for an evening of provocative yet joyful conversation about California’s indigenous peoples' resilience, traditonal ecological knowledge, and the fundamental cultural changes needed to stop climate disruption.  Using Malcolm’s new book - Deep Hanging Out: Wanderings and Wonderment in Native California - as a touchstone, Malcolm and his guests will reflect on lessons everyone can and should learn from indigenous peoples about achieving genuine sustainability and living in connection to and harmony with our beautiful planet.

About the Book

Writer and publisher Malcolm Margolin has been “deep hanging out”–or immersing himself in a social, informal way–in California’s Indian country since the 1970s. This volume collects thirty articles, introductions, and other pieces he wrote about California’s diverse Indian country (well over one hundred tribes), drawn mainly from the quarterly magazine he cofounded in 1987, News from Native California. He shares with his readers the experiences, knowledge, and cultural renewal that California Indians have generously shared with him, often after years of friendship, from the erection of a ceremonial enclosure in Northern California–built to fall apart within a generation so that the knowledge of how to construct one is always current–to a visit by aboriginal Hawaiians in diplomatic recognition of native Southern Californian tribes. He draws on both archives and interviews with elders in longer reports about leadership traditions, pedagogical techniques, and conservation practices in various parts of the state–fascinating glimpses into worldviews very different from those of contemporary America. Filled with insight and affection, as well as some of the most gorgeous writing, Deep Hanging Out will appeal both to newcomers and to those whose roots and hearts reside in the state’s Indian country.

 

Malcolm Margolin is the publisher emeritus of Heyday, an independent nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution, which he founded in 1974. Margolin is author of several books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco–Monterey Bay Area, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important books of the twentieth century by a western writer. He has received dozens of prestigious awards among which are the Chairman’s Commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fred Cody Award Lifetime Achievement from the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, the Helen Crocker Russell Award for Community Leadership from the San Francisco Foundation, the Carey McWilliams Award for Lifetime Achievement from the California Studies Association, an Oscar Lewis Award for Western History from the Book Club of California, a Hubert Bancroft Award from Friends of the Bancroft Library, a Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He helped found the Bay Nature Institute and the Alliance for California Traditional Artists.

 

Paul Hawken starts ecological businesses, writes about nature and commerce, and consults with heads of state and CEOs on climatic, economic and ecological regeneration. He has appeared on numerous media including the Today Show, Talk of the Nation, Bill Maher, CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose, and others, and his work has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, Forbes, and Business Week. He has written eight books including five national and NYT bestsellers: Growing a Business, The Next Economy, The Ecology of Commerce, Blessed Unrest, and Drawdown. He is published in 30 languages and his books are available in over 90 countries. His latest book, Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming debuted April 18, 2017 as a NYT bestseller and is currently in seventeen other languages. He is the founder of Project Drawdown, which worked with over two hundred scholars, students, scientists, researchers, and activists to map, measure, and model the one hundred most substantive solutions that can cumulatively reverse global warming. He is the founder of Regeneration.org and completed his latest work, Regeneration, Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, published by Penguin RandomHouse, September 14 th in the US and UK.

 

Michelle L. LaPena is a member of the Pit River Tribe and a mother of three. She is an Indian law attorney and has owned and operated an Indian law practice since 2006. In addition, she has published a number of law review articles, essays and non-fiction articles on topics relative to her work with California Indian tribes. She has served as a trainer in seminars with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research regarding the implementation of SB 18, a statewide general planning law that she drafted in collaboration with Governor Gray Davis’ Legal Affairs Department in 2004. She is extensively involved in developing statewide policy in California regarding cultural resources protection, including drafting, negotiating, and ensuring the passage of improved cultural preservation laws, including burial site protection and consultation requirements for new projects. Ms. LaPena received her B.A. in 1993 and her J.D. in 1998, both from the University of California, Davis. She is a member of the Pit River Indian Tribe, and is admitted to practice in California, all federal district courts in California, the Hoopa Valley Tribal Court and the San Manuel Tribal Court. She was a recipient of the 2015 Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship and earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2017.

Claire Greensfelder, Associate Director,  California Institute for Community, Art & Nature, is a lifelong campaigner for peace, planet and justice who believes that art, eloquence and beauty are often the best means to get one’s message across.  She has collaborated with dozens of indigenous individuals and tribes - both domestically and globally - with whom she has campaigned for environmental and climate justice, cultural preservation and indigenous peoples' rights.  From 2010 - 2012, she was honored to organize the installation of an international multi-media exhibition  Conversations with the Earth – Indigenous Voices on Climate Change (and related symposia) at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).

 

 

 

 

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