Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies

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DeLesslin George-Warren | Food, Language, and Land-based Education in the Catawba Nation

Virtual Lecture

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Join us for a lecture and dialog with DeLesslin “Roo” George- Warren, as he walks us through a brief history of his work and research. Roo will be speaking on their current projects within their tribe, including language revitalization, food sovereignty, and The Catawba Nation’s current vision to provide land-based education for tribal youth.

DeLesslin George-Warren

DeLesslin “Roo” George-Warren is a queer artist, researcher, and organizer from Catawba Indian Nation whose work ranges from performance to installation art to community education to food sovereignty to language revitalization. Since 2017 he has been the Special Projects Coordinator for the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project where he facilitates the Catawba Language Project, several food sovereignty initiatives, and other community education projects. He has performed, lectured, and exhibited throughout the U.S. including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, College of Charleston, Vanderbilt University, Ithaca College, and more. In 2018 DeLesslin was recognized as a 2018 “40 Under 40” by the National Council on American Indian Enterprise Development. In 2017 he was selected as a Dreamstarter by Running Strong for American Indian Youth and in 2016 he was recognized as a “25 Under 25” by United National Inter Tribal Youth.

DeLesslin is a citizen of Catawba Nation and a consultant for his tribe on a number of projects. Catawba Nation's official website can be found at