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The Anthropocene assumes novel temporalities in the Amazon, an immense landscape which increasing evidence shows was bio-designed by Indigenous inhabitants over millennia. Contemporary indigenous survival strategies in the region encompass a variety of practices directed at kin groups, the national state, transnational advocacy networks, and regional markets. Each of these practices transform human-environment relations in local communities, with measurable impacts on local land use and broader implications for cultural and climate resilience. Exploring diverse territorial, technological, and temporal practices, this talk presents preliminary findings from my current book project and collaboration with Yanomami Indigenous communities on the Brazil-Venezuela border.

COVID-19 continues to affect Indigenous communities in the Amazon and across the Americas. Ethical scholarship involves accountability and responsiveness to our partner communities, especially in times of crisis. Please consider a donation to one or more of the organizations providing immediate assistance to Indigenous communities. Even a small donation makes a difference.

  • Yanomami organization Hutukara (
  • Country-wide    COVID    relief    efforts    by    leading    Brazilian    NGO    Instituto    Socioambiental (
  • Amazon-wide      efforts      coordinated      by      Indigenous      organizations     in      the      region (
  • Native American Emergency Relief Fund (
  • Canada First nations COVID Relief Fund ( fund/)

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Talk will be a live Q&A with speaker.


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