Landin Noland is a 3rd year graduate student in the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis. In spring of 2021, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Ecological Management and Restoration at Davis before re-enrolling for a graduate degree. His primary university mentors are Dr. Beth Rose Middleton and Dr. Valerie Eviner. Landin’s work centers community based participatory action research approaches to uplift Indigenous communities, traditional land stewardship, and cultural revitalization. His current research focuses on cultural burning practices and the effects of burning on biocultural resources such as basketry materials. Landin’s primary community mentors are North Fork Mono Tribal Chairman Ron Goode, Dunlap Mono elder Julie Dick Tex, and Wintun/Nisenan/Hupa Elder Diana Almendariz. Landin seeks to continue collaboration with Indigenous leadership and develop robust climate adaptation strategies for fire dependent cultures and ecosystems.
In this hour lecture, Landin will be discussing California Indigenous land stewardship practices and centering the past, present and future of Indigenous cultural burning. We will discuss what cultural burning used to look like on the landscape, current efforts in cultural burning, and ensuring Indigenous futures of fire dependent culture. In doing so, we will touch on themes of biocultural sovereignty, kincentricity, and relationality. We will explore these topics via examples such as the Keepers of the Flame course at UC Davis, cultural burning efforts in the Tending and Gathering Garden at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, and my current research centering the cultural burning of Sourberry (Rhus Aromatica) for basketry materials.