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Featured Event

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants


Robin Wall Kimmerer, Indigenous Environmentalist and Bontanist
Tuesday, Nov 14 | 7:30 PM | Campbell Hall

“Robin Wall Kimmerer has written an extraordinary book, showing how the factual, objective approach of science can be enriched by the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people.” – Jane Goodall Robin Wall Kimmerer is a plant ecologist, 2022 MacArthur fellow and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the acclaimed author of Braiding Sweetgrass, which celebrates the reciprocal relationship between humans and nature and embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. Articulating a vision of environmental stewardship grounded in scientific and Indigenous knowledge, Kimmerer was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2023.

Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Chaucer's.

Point of Pride

In 2017, the Kiy’ap’aphaniš (Our Villages) Fund, named for the Chumash villages upon which UC Santa Barbara sits, scholarship was created. It supports the educational advancement of undergraduate and/or graduate students at UCSB who are helping to advance Native American issues in their communities. The Fund supports tuition or educational fees, travel for research or academic conferences, books and supplies, or other needs associated with scholarly studies. It also supports group programming efforts or projects in keeping with the spirit of supporting the scholarship and professional advancement of the Native American student community. To learn more and fill out an application, visit

The University campus is located on Indigenous land. In recognizing the traditional custodians of the land, we share this page to educate and pay respect for the Chumash people, the history and culture of the community, and all Native Americans as America’s First Peoples. We pay respect to the Chumash Elders past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, and the culture of this area, which has become a place of learning for people from all over the world.