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Tom Greaves is Professor of Anthropology at Bucknell University. Past president of the Society for Applied Anthropology and of the Society for the Anthropology of Work, Greaves has researched and written on cultural anthropology issues in the Andean world, and more recently on the contemporary struggles of the indigenous groups of the United States and Canada with focus on intellectual, cultural and environmental rights. Tom Greaves is the editor and contributor to Intellectual Property Rights for Indigenous Peoples, a Sourcebook (1994).

 

Abstract of paper given at Indigenous Traditions and Ecology conference:
Knowledge, Innovation and Practice of Indigenous and Local Communities:
Traditional Technologies in the International Political Context

Darrell Posey and Thomas Greaves

The struggles of indigenous societies against Western intruders is centuries old, and probably never will reach a stable equilibrium as long as indigenous communities continue to exist. In a phrase, the struggle is never over. Nonetheless, the late 20th Century has witnessed a series of striking indigenous successes, some of them astonishing. These remarks will attempt to take stock of five major theaters of struggle - subsistence rights, sovereignty, intellectual property, sacred sites, and cultural futures - and identify the prospects of further success and central factors governing each.

 

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