Religions of the World and Ecology


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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



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



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