Live Event Feb 9 – How Nature Shapes Us

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Ready for a new season?

From clearing the prairies with fire to planting elm trees along our streets, humans have been shaping the land in the Edmonton area for millennia. And it’s been shaping us right back.

Join us for an afternoon of short talks at a live recording of Let’s Find Out! Ever wondered how Edmontonians helped create the river valley parks? Curious about how lawns mould the locals who live nearby? We’ll share short stories about how humans and nature have shaped each other in our city.

At the end of the day, you’ll be able to throw in your own questions about humans and nature for the next season of Let’s Find Out!

This event is presented by Taproot Edmonton, a member-supported home for curiosity-driven local journalism in the Edmonton area. Become a member and you’ll get a $5 discount on your ticket. This event is also presented by the Edmonton Historical Board.

This thing is going to be recorded for Let’s Find Out, of course.

The Almanac has one step at the front entrance, with easier access from the alley. This event is all ages, and drinks will be available at the bar. All-gender washroom facilities will be available.

Doors will be open at 1:30 PM, and the event will begin at 2 PM.

Let’s Find Out is a member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB.

Speakers for this event include:

Marlena Wyman
Artist, Archivist and Edmonton’s Historian Laureate

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Photo by Mike Ewanus

Marlena Wyman is a visual artist and the City of Edmonton’s 5th Historian Laureate. She worked as the Audio/Visual Archivist at the Provincial Archives of Alberta for many years.

One of Marlena’s main areas of focus in both her heritage work and art practice is women’s history: she brings their stories to light and advocates for their rightful place in history.

Miranda Lucas
University of Lethbridge PhD Student (concentration in Evolution and Human Behaviour)

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Miranda Lucas is a PhD student at the University of Lethbridge with a concentration in human behaviour and evolution and, proud member of the Lichen Lab! Her current work focuses on observing human behaviour in Canadian art galleries in order to fully describe how people engage with visual art. The theoretical departure point is to consider how the environment shapes the possible actions the public can take, and what physical and social affordances public art galleries use (or lack) to encourage a meaningful experience.

Jacquelyn Cardinal
Naheyawin Managing Director & Playwright

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As a serial entrepreneur Jacquelyn currently owns and operates a number of companies geared towards the same goal: equipping communities with the means to support themselves and each other while walking together on a shared path, a sentiment passed down to her through generations.

In her role as Co-owner and Managing Director of the Indigenous owned and operated Naheyawin, Jacquelyn fulfills her duties as a Treaty person by searching for and creating tools to assist Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in an effort to reclaim the spirit of the Numbered Treaties. A technologist at heart, Jacquelyn uses and continues to develop her skills in community engagement, strategic planning, and communications to be of service to her community and see Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples into a good future by working together.

Hunter Cardinal
Naheyawin Director of Storytelling & Actor

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One of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40 and praised as Edmonton’s Best Actor, both in 2018, Hunter is a theatrical artist and Indigenous myth-architect, currently based in Edmonton. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta, class of 2015, Hunter has performed across Canada as well as New York.

After returning from Off-Broadway, Hunter began working with an Indigenous consultancy, Naheyawin, which he founded with his sister Jacquelyn Cardinal. At Naheyawin, Hunter helps organizations build capacity for abundance and kindness, reinvigorating the spirit of Treaty by implementing Indigenous principles into everyday processes and business practices. Hunter is also Associate Director of the Fringe Theatre.

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