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Nelly Arvelo-Jiminez received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in anthropology. Since 1993 she has been Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific esearch ( Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas). She became Savage Professor of International Relations and Peace at the University of Oregon in 1994. She has published five books, 35 chapters in books and 48 papers in anthropological Journals. Areas of interest: Amazonian Ethnology, Social Ecology, Indigenous Human Rights and Environmentalism.


Abstract of paper given at Indigenous Traditions and Ecology conference:
On the Origin of the Earth: The Basis of Ye'kuana Political Mobilization

Her analysis will examine the opening Document with which the Ye'kuana people of Amazonas State started the claim to their ancestral lands. This document is the first piece of Ye'kuana Religion to be written by them for the purpose of presenting it to the Venezuelan Government as the foundation for their claim.


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