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Rosalyn LaPier

Fellow, Garden and Landscape Studies

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Kipitáaakii’s Garden

Rosalyn LaPier will explore the historic land management practices of Indigenous women, primarily the Blackfeet, who after centuries of harvesting, tending, and gardening created sustainable landscapes of abundance on the prairies. She seeks to dispel the common stereotype that Indigenous women only gathered ‘what they found’ and were not actively managing the land. “Kipitáaakii’s Garden” will explore how Indigenous women produced, consumed and gave meaning to the plants of the prairies and how contemporary Indigenous women are leading efforts to combat environmental (in)justice.

Professional Biography

Rosalyn is an award winning Indigenous writer, environmental historian, and ethnobotanist. She/they work within Indigenous communities to revitalize traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and to strengthen public policy for Indigenous languages. She/they are the author of "Invisible Reality: Storytellers, Storytakers and the Supernatural World of the Blackfeet." Rosalyn is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana and Métis.