Indigenous Environmental Movements

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Indigenous peoples around the world are demanding their rights in the face of resource extraction and land theft using creative strategies to assure a future for themselves. This five-part series examines four of those movements in depth through indigenous guest speakers, films, and readings. A detailed schedule is below.

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Instructor Christina Callicott holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida, as well as graduate certificates in Tropical Conservation and Development and Latin American Studies. Her primary research concerns the connection between plants and music in the shamanic practices of the Lamista Kichwa, an Indigenous group of the Peruvian Amazon. She has also published on neo-shamanism and the religious fervor around ayahuasca in North America. Christina moved to southwest Colorado in 1991. She currently lives in Ridgway, teaches skiing at the Telluride Ski and Snowboard School, and teaches anthropology and environmental studies at Fort Lewis College.




February 17


Theme: History, colonialism, role of AIM in U.S. and international Indigenous movements


Watch 15 min. pre-recorded introduction


Watch Warrior Women


Read Estes and Dhillon chapter 21, by Marcy Gilbert


Madonna Thunder-Hawk and Marcy Gilbert

March 3


Theme: Standing Rock: The #NoDAPL Movement


Watch Black Snake Killaz


Read Estes and Dhillon: Prologue*, Introduction (pp.1-5)*, chapters 1*, 2*, 3, 5, 6*, 10, 14*, 15, 18, 21, 22, 24.

*If you have limited time, please focus on these chapters.



March 17


Theme: Creative approaches to language loss, culture loss, and environmental restoration


Short blurb re. project: Ekvn-Yefolecv

Read short online essay “A Radical Re-Settlement: Walking the Talk on Indigeneity”


Presentation by Marcus Briggs-Cloud

March 31


Theme: Chevron vs. Indigenous Ecuadorians


Watch Crude

Read Cepek, Life in Oil


Highly recommended: “Drilled” podcast


Q&A with author Michael Cepek

April 21


Theme: Self-determination and the Papuan Independence Movement


Watch Arrows Against the Wind,

Forgotten Bird of Paradise

Discuss, wrap up.


Event Type(s): WPL Programs
Age Group(s): Adult

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