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Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors

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Carl Gawboy Ron Morton  

The American Indian Learning Resource Center announces its Spring Feast on Tuesday, February 7, from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom.

The speakers for this event are Professor Ron Morton and Carl Gawboy who will talk about their book, Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors, a Cultural and Geological Journey. Morton is a geologist in the UMD Geology department, and Gawboy is a graduate from UMD in 1965, a well-known artist, and a past instructor in the American Indian Studies department.

A book signing will follow the talk. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the American Indian Learning Resource Center at 218-726-6379.


In this sequel to the award winning Talking Rocks, an earth scientist and an Ojibwe elder travel across Minnesota exploring the ancient rocks that make up a large part of that state.

On Monday, January 30, the film Mirrors of Privilege, Making Whiteness Visible will be shown from noon-1:30 pm in the Griggs Center.  

As the geologist describes how these rocks formed and brings to life the ancient worlds they created, the elder, through Native American stories, oral history, culture, and science illustrates how his people had an intimate understanding of, and respect for, these ancient rocks and the land they gave shape to.

Traveling from Ely, Grand Portage, Gunflint Lake, and Isle Royale in the northern part of the state south to Jeffers, Morton, and Blue Mounds State Park, the two find themselves discussing such diverse topics as the nature of science, holistic geology, mining, science and spirituality, the legacy of the fur trade, significance of the Little Spirit Tree, and much more.

Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors not only tells a fascinating story that spans billions of years, but is also a wonderful chronicle of two people from different cultural and scientific heritages learning to understand, appreciate, and see the value and importance in each other’s way of viewing this land and the planet we all call home.

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