PLYMOUTH — Melissa Harding Ferretti, chairwoman and president of Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe Inc, and Amy E. Den Ouden, anthropologist and associate professor in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at UMass Boston, will discuss Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribal history, and tribal initiatives in the present which focus on the preservation of traditional ecological knowledge for future generations at 2 p.m. March 29 at the Wildlands Trust Conservation Barn, 675 Long Pond Road.

Protecting land and water is a central concern of Indigenous peoples in North America. Indigenous women are at the forefront of these efforts, and their knowledge and leadership reflect the principles of traditional ecological knowledge – respect, responsibility and reciprocity — that guide relationships between humans and the non-human world.

In this presentation, Ferretti and Den Ouden will also discuss the community engagement focus of their course on Indigenous Women’s Leadership and Tribal Self-Determination, in which students are reading the work of Indigenous women scholars and activists in order to build an understanding of Indigenous environmental justice issues. They will discuss the importance of teachings of Elders, and tribal youth, about Indigenous place-based knowledge: a knowledge which reflects the spirit and power that is in the land and the water, offering the guidance required to heal the earth and end the practices of environmental exploitation and destruction.

This free program is sponsored by Herring Ponds Watershed Association and Wildlands Trust.