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Reflecting on Native American Resilience in the Era of Coronavirus

Jul 7

11:00 am

12:00 pm


Deborah Taffa, an enrolled member of the Quechan (Yuma) Nation and Laguna Pueblo tribes, reflects on her ancestors in relation to the 2020 pandemic. Because of their unique relationship with nature—and the absence of domesticated animals in their cultures—Native American people did not have antibodies to fight against many common diseases when Columbus and other explorers first arrived on this continent. Never has this history and its impact on Native traditions, life ways, family structures, and the wisdom of the culture’s sustenance practices been so pertinent to current events.

Panel Discussion
Virtual Event