Dawn Adrian, Ph.D. (Choctaw) is founder, first president (1998-2007), and Vision-Keeper of Tapestry Institute, a nonprofit research and education organization that reconnects people to the earth by integrating different ways of knowing, learning about, and responding to the natural world. She has been awarded 5 National Science Foundation grants for science education research and Indigenous science.ﾠ She held numerous positions in the Templeton Science-Religion Course Program after founding Tapestry, including Southwest Regional Director and Award Judge.ﾠ Adrian holds a doctorate in vertebrate paleontology from the University of California, Berkeley; and a Master's degree in Systematics and Ecology and Bachelor's in Geology from the University of Kansas.ﾠ She has been on the faculties of Presbyterian College and Baylor University.ﾠ Adrian founded Tapestry in 1998.ﾠ She now pursues writing full-time and is presently finishing a book about wildfire in contextual perspective, based on Tapestry's experience with wildfire in 2006.ﾠ The organization subsequently relocated to New Mexico, where she presently lives near Santa Fe.ﾠ Her adult son, Harrison Adams (Qiu Lisen), is an Asian scholar living and working in China. She is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and of Choctaw, Chickasaw, and mixed European descent.
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