Seeding Hope is a bi-weekly speaker series hosted by Dr. Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu and Nazshonnii Brown.
Art and Production by Inés G. The Seeding Hope Speaker Series features some of the organizers, cultural workers, farmers, activists, matriarchs, scholars, youth, and elders whose work gives us inspiration.
For our first event, we were honored to host, Dr. Kalamaoka’aina Niheu, MD, a Kanaka Maoli/ Native Hawaiin physician, co-founder of the Standing Rock Medic Healer’s Council, and Manua Kea Medics and Dr. Rupa Mayra, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition in conversation about their front-line, Covid-19 pandemic work with Bay Area and Indigenous communities. In addition, these experts will talk about the importance of environmental, climate and land justice and honoring Indigenous cultural practices for creating health and wellness and they offer directions that can help us to reimagine health and wellness through practices of Indigenous self–determination for our families and communities.
A cultural song offering was made by Aurora Mamea and Kevin Mamea, Mother and son duo, Indigenous (Blackfeet Tribe and Samoan) Community Leaders and Cultural bearers from the Bay Area, CA.
About our Participants:
Dr. Kalamaoka’aina Niheu MD is a Kanaka Maoli physician …
Horŝe Tuuxi (Hello)!
Sogorea Te’ Land Trust is sending greetings and prayers for all of you during this incredibly difficult time. The world as we know it is profoundly and rapidly changing and the earth, our collective Mother, is calling on all of us to change along with it. In the past few weeks we have seen inspiring examples of people reaching out to help one another, heroes working on the front lines in the medical field and other essential services, those feeding and attending to those without homes, without healthcare, without access. We have shared prayers, zoom meetings, creative food ideas, dance parties and of course, gardening. Whether that is pulling weeds, planting seeds, pruning trees, showing the little ones not in school right now about planting flowers for the bees and butterflies, or getting a food garden ready for your family and community, there is something really powerful about getting your hands in the earth, getting back in touch with the land, slowing down and letting healing happen.
This is a tremendous opportunity to remember what’s most important, to realign ourselves with our values and listen to what the earth is saying. As we take care of ourselves …