Discussion: Indigenous Responses to Climate Injustice and Pandemics in India and Amazonia

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Oswando Nenquimo, Marisol Rodríguez Pérez, Vanessa Teteye, Bah (Mr.) Donnie Kharumnuid, Bah Brodar Lyngdoh Marshillong, Bah Boss Marthong

May 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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Medicinal Plant Garden in the Ecuadorian Amazon | Photo by Luke Weiss


This webinar will feature presentations about the connections between climate justice, oil & uranium extractivism and responses to COVID-19 based on Indigenous territorial knowledges.

First, Oswando Nenquimo, a Waorani leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon, will tells us about the importance of the Amazon Rainforest and the role of Indigenous organizations that he is part of: Alianza Ceibo and CONCONAWEP. He will emphasize on the challenges that oil extraction has posed for Indigenous peoples in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon and their resistance towards it. Finally, he tells us about the impacts of COVID-19 and how the Waorani nation has coordinated actions and revived Indigenous knowledges to respond to the pandemic.

The collective Sacha Samay, to which Marisol Rodriguez Perez belongs, will discuss how plants are beings of power, they provide strength and energy, and teach us that health is not an individual but a collective problem which can be healed through medicinal reciprocity. Confronted with the state’s indolence, women prepare their own medicinal recipes, they offer them to us and tell us how they refuse to be defeated by the pandemic. Thus, she will focus on healing as emerging from the link between ancestral peoples and the jungle.

This event is the part of the webinar series, A Wakeup Call for Climate Justice? Indigenous Knowledges Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, CAPPS Center, Department of Global Studies
Orfalea Center, and the Departments of Asian American Studies, Religious Studies, Chican@ Studies, Anthropology, Geography, and Black Studies

Photo credit: Luke Weiss | Medicinal Plant Garden in the Ecuadorian Amazon




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