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Indigenous Traditions and Ecology

November 13-16, 1997

Plenary Address

Introduction - Lawrence Sullivan, Director, CSWR

Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee, Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy

Spirituality, Reality, and the Dynamics of the Natural World

Opening Session

Opening welcome - Russell Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council

 

Opening remarks - Lawrence Sullivan, Harvard University and John Grim, Bucknell University, Co-convenors

 

Africa

Moderator - Jacob Olupona, University of California/Davis

 

Ogbu Kalu, Nigeria, Visiting Professor, University of Toronto

The Sacred Egg: Worldview, Ecology and Development in West Africa - ABSTRACT

 

Teresia Hinga, DePaul University

African Indigenous Religions and the Search for Global Healing: The Gikuyu Case - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Pashington Obeng, Wellesley College and Harvard University

 

North America

Moderator - Joel Martin, Franklin and Marshall College

 

Donna House, Dineh, and Gregory Cajete, Tewa, Santa Clara Pueblo

New Mexico Indigenous Environmental Knowledge: Science Orientations and Community Inclusivity: Indigenous Ethics, Education, and Environmental Philosophy: A Pueblo Perspective - ABSTRACT

 

Ines Talamantez, Apache, University of California/Santa Barbara

Native American Paradigms for Sustainable Community - ABSTRACT

 

Siberia/South Asia

Moderator - Mary Des Chene, editor, Studies in Nepali History and Society

 

Piers Vitebsky, University of Cambridge

 

Smitu Kothari, Lokayan, India

Adivasi Autonomy and Dominant Religion: Some Reflections

 

Pradip Prabhu, President, National Forum for Self Rule, India

Ecological Sensibilities and Culture among the Warlis - ABSTRACT

 

Pramod Parajuli, Syracuse University

Rituals of Resistance, Ecology, and Adivasi Identity in India - ABSTRACT

 

Suresh Ale Magar, Janajatis, Nepal Federation of Nationalites

Autonomy, Ecology and the Janajati Movement in Nepal.

 

Respondent and Presenter - William Fisher, Harvard University

The Politicization of "Indigenous" Identity and Knowledge in South Asia - ABSTRACT

 

Southeast Asia

Moderator - Leslie Sponsel, University of Hawaii.

 

Peter Brosius, University of Georgia

Local Knowledges, Global Claims: On the Significance of Indigenous Ecologies in Sarawak, East Malaysia - ABSTRACT

 

Mutang Urud, Sarawak, Victoria, Canada

Kelabit Ecological Lifeways - ABSTRACT

 

Stephanie Fried, Environmental Defense Fund

God Squads, Believers, and Backsliders: Religion and Forest Politics in Outer Island Indonesia - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Mary Steedly, Harvard University

 

Circum Polar/Eurasia

Moderator - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University

 

Ann Fienup-Riordan, Anthropologist of Yup'ik peoples, Alaska

A Guest on the Table: Ecology from the Yup'ik Eskimo Point of View - ABSTRACT

 

Harvey Feit, McMaster University

Everyday Rituals and Hunting Metaphors: James Bay Cree Defense of Environments, Community and Inter-cultural Dialogue - ABSTRACT

 

Jiger Janabel, Kazakstan

The Popular Belief Versus Ecology in Medieval Kazakstan - ABSTRACT

 

Meso America

Moderator - Maria Elena Bernal-Garcia, Doctorado en Historia, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas-Instituto Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia

 

Javier Galicia Silva, Nahuatl, Mexico

Religion, Ceremony, and Agriculture Among the Contemporary Nahuatl Communities of Mesoamerica - ABSTRACT

 

Angel Garcia-Zambrano, Doctorado en Historia, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas-Instituto Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia

Cucurbits and Cacti in the Indigenous Ritual Selection of Environments for Settlement in Colonial Mesoamerica - ABSTRACT

 

Victor Montejo, Jakaltek-Maya, University of California/Davis

The Road to Heaven: Jakaltek-Maya Beliefs, Religion and the Ecology - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Maria Elena Bernal-Garcia

 

South America

Moderator - Kenneth Kensinger, Bennington College, Emeritus

 

Theodore MacDonald, Program on Nonviolent Sanctions and Cultural Survival, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Political Mobilization and Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) in Indigenous Amazonia: Where's the Link? - ABSTRACT

 

Julio Valladolid, Huanca, Peru, PRATEC, and Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Smith College

Andean Cosmovision, Biodiversity and Regeneration - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent and Presenter - Nelly Arvelo-Jimenez, Emeritus, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas

On the Origin of the Earth: the Basis of Ye'kuana Political Mobilization - ABSTRACT

 

Pacific Region

Moderator - Rex Mansmann, Partnership for First Peoples

 

Manuka Henare, Maori/University of Auckland

Tapu, mauri, hau, mana: A  Maori Philosophy of Vitalism and the Cosmos - ABSTRACT

 

Mary MacDonald, LeMoyne College, and Simeon Namunu, The Melanesian Institute, Papua New Guinea

Toward an Ethic of Interdependence: Give and Take in Melanesia - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent and presenter - Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Igorot, Philippines

 

Australia

Moderator - Victor Yellow Hawk White, Keetowah, American Indian Program of the American Friends Service Committee of the Pacific Mountain Region

 

Diane Bell, College of the Holy Cross

Environmental Dreamings: Of Religion, Romance, Reconciliation, and Resource - ABSTRACT

 

Tom Treverrow, Ngarrindjeri, Australia

A Ngarrindjeri View of Local Ecological Issues

 

Respondent - Ellen Treverrow, Ngarrindjeri, Australia

 

Overviews: Understanding Exploitation and Advocacy

Moderator - Werner Wilbert, Instituto Caribe de Antropologia y Sociologia, Fundacion La Salle, Caracas, Venezuela

 

Darrell Posey, Mansfield College, University of Oxford, and Thomas Greaves, Bucknell University

Knowledge, Innovation and Practice of Indigenous and Local Communities: Traditional Technologies in the International Political Context - ABSTRACT

 

David Maybury-Lewis, Harvard University

Indigenous Movements in Global Perspective: An Overview.

 

Screening of the documentary "Power" - FILM SUMMARY