Sarah James Tells Her Story at Smithsonian Exhibit on Indigenous Voices on Climate Change

October 28, 2011

Sarah James, who shared the 2002 Goldman Prize with fellow Gwich’in leaders Norma Kassi and Jonathon Solomon, traveled to Washington DC earlier this month to participate in a national exhibit about the impact of climate change on indigenous cultures.

Organized by Conversations with the Earth, the exhibit was on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian on the Capitol Mall. It featured photo and video stories of 15 indigenous leaders from throughout the Americas whose communities have suffered the brunt of climate change.

During a forum organized to complement the exhibit, indigenous leaders led a vigorous discussion about the resiliency of American Indians and the need for indigenous and Western cultures to work together to protect the Earth and our natural resources.