Opening and final closing of plenaries by R. CARLOS NAKAI
The world’s premier performer of the Native American flute, of Navajo-Ute heritage, will open and close the conference with spontaneous music fitted to the energy.
Maidu Exhibition Dance at Fairgrounds by Hoopa, Yurok, Miwok people
These remarkable dancers will offer a special performance.
Shafts of Light: Nature’s Temple film
with LOUIS SCHWARTZBERG
This internationally recognized artist of film, internationally known for his astonishing stop-action, slow-motion visual poetry of nature, will premiere an astonishing visual feast of light in nature.
Destiny Arts Youth Performance Arts Company
The esteemed Oakland-based multicultural youth dance and performance troupe always gets standing ovations.
Digital Storytelling. Synergia Learning Ventures’
Finding the Good Program brings its Mobile Interactive Classroom providing a space in which youth can observe and conduct videotaped interviews with speakers, and participate in the “Eyes of the Future” Project.
Produced by Truckee High School’s Envirolution Club.
High fashion collides artistically with recycling as youth designers use their creative talents, humor and refuse from a throwaway society to fashion a message of environmental responsibility. This show rocks the house. Sun Stage | 1pm, Sat
Ed Archie NoiseCat
Often referenced as the leading voice among the elite within the Contemporary Native Art idiom, Ed Archie NoiseCat’s multi-medium body of work in glass, bronze, metal and wood has earned significant acclaim internationally. Commanding a broad knowledge of his peoples’ history, NoiseCat draws on the stories of his ancestors to create distinctive 3-dimensional images executed with unequaled craftsmanship. He produces custom and limited edition bronze sculpture, glass sculpture, carved wood, and jewelry.
NoiseCat draws on the stories of his ancestors to create innovative images executed with extraordinary craftsmanship. He loves to work on a grand scale. He took the top prize at Portland’s first annual Indian Art Northwest market with a freestanding, six-foot-square carved cedar screen. He won a major Midwest public art commission with a four-foot high portrait mask honoring Little Crow, one of the region’s great chiefs. He also works on a smaller scale, carving masks, rattles, panels, puppets, and more. Many pieces incorporate transformational elements. He recently introduced two new lines of work: sculptural jewelry in silver, gold and semi-precious stones; and art furniture that joins the structural forms of the Northwest longhouse with traditional Japanese woodworking techniques.
The art on display at the conference will be offered in a silent auction and we thank Ed Archie NoiseCat for generously donating part of the proceeds to support the Bioneers Indigenous Forum.
The Whidbey GeoDome
“The world gives us data. We look for patterns. Then we find a reason for the pattern, and that reason becomes a story. The stories cascade upward and are fit into bigger and broader narratives of our deepest, most compelling questions.” – astrophysicist Adam Frank, in “The Constant Fire”
Bioneers 2012 will feature the Whidbey GeoDome, an immersive learning environment designed to facilitate dialogues about what it takes to increase the resilience of communities and bioregions. Combining interactive storytelling with immersive visualizations of the latest scientific data and visualizations from NASA, NOAA, and elsewhere, it provides a big picture context that demonstrates the profound interconnectedness and interdependence of ecosystems at multiple scales and inspires participants to reflect on humanity’s function in the cosmos at this unique time in history.
The Whidbey GeoDome experience strongly resonates with the Bioneers “Revolution from the Heart of Nature” by providing a cosmic context for exploring the patterns of nature and finding biomimetic strategies to tackle to the world’s most pressing problems. Come join David McConville, President of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, on live interactive tours of the observable cosmos to explore what Fuller meant by his appeal to “start with Universe” when attempting to solve global challenges. Regular showing of the signature production “The Earth Portal: A Guided Tour of the Universe and Our Place in It” will also be featured.
The Whidbey GeoDome team is currently exploring the use of immersive learning environments for the teaching of STEM literacy and Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 settings. Examples of innovative approaches to transformative education combining the GeoDome experience with pre-and-post GeoDome integrative learning activities (e.g. arts-based self-expression with poetry, free writing, drawing, small group discussion, as well as direct encounters with the natural world) will be demonstrated at the Bioneers exhibit.
The GeoDome is a portable immersive visualization environment (an inflatable dome, 25 feet in circumference and 13 feet high) that can provide breath-taking visualizations of a guided tour of the universe, the evolution of life on Earth, the unfolding story of humanity, and ecosystemic insights into one’s own bioregion. http://whidbeygeodome.org, http://geodome.info and http://www.youtube.com/user/elumenati
Lexicon of Sustainability
The Lexicon of Sustainability is based on a simple premise: People can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.
In all, nearly 200 leaders in food and farming from across the country have contributed their valued experiences to this rapidly growing Lexicon of Sustainability. These insights have been translated into large format “information art” photo collages, a series of short films, and pop-up shows across the U.S. Study guides, a book and a social network of good ideas, a place where people can dig deeper into these terms (and even add to our ever evolving lexicon) are also in development.
By illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, and with it the conversation about America’s rapidly evolving food culture, the Lexicon of Sustainability educates, engages and activates people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.
And it all begins with learning a few words.
The ‘Seasons of Hope’ mural consists of four 8’ x 8’ free-standing panels that show the same tree in four seasons, inspired by the Shift Network: The Winter of Wellness, the Spring of Sustainability, the Summer of Peace and the Autumn of Abundance. Over 1,000 students have created leaves for the murals and learned about Ambassadors of Hope in the process. The finished murals will travel to 20 Marin County schools, San Quentin Prison, the Bioneers Conference, and to Congress. Bread for the Journey of Marin helped by providing $800 to purchase the art supplies for the project, and is working to find a filmmaker who can help AHO create a short documentary of the creation of the mural to increase visibility for AHO’s remarkable work in Marin County.
Soltrekker’s primary tool for education and advocacy is a motor-home converted into a mobile green-building showroom. “We like the idea of taking a symbol from an old, unsustainable and inefficient system, and transforming it with new, renewable, sustainable solutions. To our knowledge, this is the ‘most eco-friendly motor-home in the universe!’”