Rural Lands’ Eyes on the Land Book Group launches our Winter season. We will meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 6 – 7:30 PM at Sheep Hill, 671 Cold Springs Rd., Williamstown.
We are excited to offer good food and conversation on contemporary books related to environmental issues, our connection to the land, nature and the Berkshires. Through our discussions, we hope to celebrate our love for nature, learn from new perspectives and contemplate how these topics can affect our lives in the Berkshires.
Our first meeting will be on Thursday, December 15 at 6 PM. Join us for an introduction to the group and to the first book, Fresh Banana Leaves by Dr. Jessica Hernandez. This book discusses the exclusion of Indigenous voices from conservation decisions and practices. Through case studies, Dr. Hernandez provides a historical overview of these issues using stories that center the voices and lived experiences of Indigenous Latin American land protectors. Dr. Hernandez is a Maya Ch’orti’ and Binnizá environmental scholar, scientist and community advocate in the Pacific Northwest. You do not need to read or have the book for the first meeting.