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CLAS Conference: Environment, Indigenous Cultures, and Land Rights in the Amazon - Day 1

May 24, 2017 -
9:00am to 9:00pm
Oak East-Tresidder Union

Free and Open to the Public

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May 24-26, 2017: See schedule for the full three-day conference here.

We invite you to a truly exceptional gathering of diverse Amazonian indigenous leaders whose collective experience and wisdom about sustainability, biodiversity, climate change, cultural and spiritual vitality, language preservation, human rights and sovereignty will no doubt inspire all participants. Six indigenous leaders from the Tiriyo, Xavante, Makushi, Shuar and Kaxinawa Peoples of the Amazon region of Brazil, Guyana and Ecuador discuss how environmental concerns, biodiversity conservation, climate change and natural resource use intersect with indigenous culture, spirituality, development, politics and land rights. Also participating is Dr. Robert Miller, a Brazilian representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP-GEF) with over 25 years experience working with indigenous Amazonians.  These experts will present a series of talks, panel discussions, and hold individual and small group meetings from May 24-26 at Stanford University, sponsored by The Native American Cultural Center and the Center For Latin American Studies.  Meetings between Native Americans and Amazonian indigenous leaders will occur as a means of seeking solutions to common challenges.

Day 1:

​09:00-09:30 Welcome and blessing by Native American Tribal Language Leaders09:30-09:45 Introduction to the Event (Karen Biestman, Matthew Snipp, Jose Fragoso and Alberto Diaz09:45-10:00 The Native American Community at Sanford University (Karen Biestman and Matthew Snipp10:00-10:15 History of Native People in the Stanford Area (Laura Jones)10:15-10:30 Coffee Break 10:30-11:00 Indigenous People in South and Central America (Jose Fragoso & Rodolfo Dirzo)11:00-12:00 Sydney Allicock (Makushi People & Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Government of Guyana, Guyana): The environment and development in Amazonia: Climate change, Redd+, carbon markets and Amazonian peoples12:00-1:30 Lunch Served01:30-02:30 Demetrio Amisipa Tiriyó (Tiriyó People, Brazil).  Culture, land use, land rights and the future of remote Amazonian Bio-Cultural Landscapes02:30-03:30 Tuntiak Katan Jua (Shuar People, Ecuador): Forests and indigenous lands: RAISG a collaborative mapping effort from across the Amazon03:30-04:00 Coffee break04:00-05:00 Paulette Jacob Allicock: The Makushi Research Unit: indigenous lead research for cultural and scientific understanding06: 00-9:00Location: Carnegie Institute at Stanford UniversityBay Area Tropical Forest Network (BATFN) gathering for a panel discussion with Amazonian Indigenous Leaders: Land Rights, Climate change, biodiversity conservation and indigenous cultures in Amazonia in 2017.

Event Sponsor: 
Bechtel International Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Native American Cultural Center, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Sociology Department, American Indian Organization,...
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(650) 725-0383