March 3 - Indigenous rights education: Quechua lands, cultural practices, and human rights education in the Peruvian Andes

ICGC Brown Bag Series
Friday March 3, 2017
Noon-1pm, 537 Heller Hall

Indigenous rights education: Quechua lands, cultural practices, and human rights education in the Peruvian Andes

Presented by: Dr. Elizabeth Sumida Huaman

Assistant Professor of Indigenous Education, School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University

Abstract: Over the past year, a number of local and national media reports have emerged from various regions around Peru linking extensive damage to agricultural harvests with environmental issues, including climate change, forcing Indigenous farmers to rethink broader impacts to their self-reliance. Among the most impacted by environmental disruptions are severely historically marginalized Indigenous populations whose livelihoods are largely dependent upon subsistence agriculture linked with Indigenous cultural practices. As a result, in addition to economic considerations, environmental problems also represent areas where multiple responses and interventions to historical, social, political, and educational inequalities are required. Emerging discourses of Indigenous rights, place rights, and human rights education serve as resources for Indigenous responses. While tracing projects of development and environmental consequences in the Andean highlands and drawing from collections of community, family, and personal narratives, this talk highlights Quechua cultural and language-based epistemological frames that offer the opportunity to reflect on our relationships with the natural world and to build Indigenous rights educational practices that honor Indigenous places as sacred lands for all.

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