"The Kayapo and the Future of Amazonia" with Anthropologist Janet Chernela

Anthropologist Janet Chernela has presented for our Lecture Series numerous times about her work with the Kayapo of the Amazon, and has been one of our most popular speakers. Her last presentation May 18, 2010 was entitled "The Kayapo and the Future of Amazonia".


The talk focused on many pressing questions for Amazonia. Here is a summary of the presentation:

As the world contemplates scenarios of the end of nature, the Amazon rainforests are increasingly relevant to global concerns.  What are the hopes for these forests and the peoples who inhabit them?  In this talk we will discuss the roles of indigenous peoples and conservation organizations in trying to slow the march of deforestation.  At least in part, the future of Amazonia may be in their hands. 

Janet Chernela is a Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Maryland.  She has worked among indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon for three decades and is the author of numerous articles and the book, A Sense of Space: The Wanano Indians of the Brazilian Amazon.  Chernela leads a growing partnership in Amazonian studies with the University of Brasilia (UnB). Janet Chernela's website

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