Decolonizing the Land

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Abstract

Colonialism and globalized capitalism have created a civilization divorced from nature and disconnected from place. These forces have also worked to undermine and destroy Indigenous cultures and languages in pursuit of control over land and resources. I created a campus walking tour to teach the Lushootseed names for the plants as an act of decolonization, as well as a way to support and honor the Indigenous people of the Puget Sound. Through research and sitting with elders, I compiled a list of important plants, their Lushootseed names, and their traditional uses. I used the list to make a foldable map with plant names and photos to be used by people on the tour. The goal of the project is to teach the local community about the plants in order to reestablish a connection to nature and the people of this land.