January 18, 2022

EP. 248 — What’s Indigenous Science? with Dr. Jessica Hernandez

Indigenous peoples represent about five percent of the world’s population—and sustain nearly 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity. This week, Dr. Jessica Hernandez joins Jonathan to discuss the principles of Indigenous science, Indigenous land stewardship, and what it will take to heal Indigenous landscapes.


Dr. Jessica Hernandez (Maya Ch’orti’ & Binnizá) is a transnational Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest. In her new book Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science (out now!), she breaks down why western conservationism isn’t working–and offers Indigenous models informed by case studies, personal stories, and family histories that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors.


You can follow Dr. Hernandez on Twitter and Instagram @doctora_nature, and keep up with her work at www.jessicabhernandez.com.


For more resources about Native and Indigenous lands, visit landback.org and native-land.ca.


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Jessica Hernandez  JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Jessica Hernandez, where I ask her: how amazing is Indigenous science? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness, I am so excited for this episode for a myriad of reasons, but very first, before I even get into it, I’m going to introduce our guest. She is Dr. Jessica Hernandez, who is an Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest, and her new book, which just came out yesterday, called Fresh Banana Leaves, she breaks down why Western conservation isn’t working and introduces a different model for healing landscapes through Indigenous science. Welcome, Dr. Jessica Hernandez, how are you?  JESSICA HERNANDEZ [00:00:50] G

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