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Simon Lambert Presents "Carve the Land, Carve the People"

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The Indigenous Mapping Network, American Indian Graduate Student Association, and Asia Pacific Indigenous Alliance invite you to attend:

"Whakairo te whenua, Whakairo te tangata:
Carve the land, Carve the People"
Dr. Simon J. Lambert - Maori Geographer
Lincoln University, New Zealand

“In this presentation, I explore the geohistory of Maori land use with an emphasis on contemporary challenges. In particular I wish to tease out a relationship between social capital and its connections to socio-ecological resilience, and an explicitly cultural resilience.”

Poster of IMN at UCB 10/16

Through the post-contact history of Māori, the Indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, runs the history of some of modernity’s most radical technological revolutions. In a little over two centuries, Māori transitioned from a stone-age people through mercantile capitalism and its military accoutrements, fought intensive wars over land and commerce among themselves and with foreign invaders, and survived threats of cultural, even physical, extinction. Recovering through a politico-cultural renaissance in all its artistic and commercial socio-technologies, Māori now engage in corporate ventures that have a significant presence in the agri/aqua-food sectors.  Throughout this history, a constant trope of Māori culture and development has been the importance of family and tribal networks of trust, support and guidance. This very traditional social capital has been complemented, challenged and perhaps supplanted by networks that originate with assimilationist and modernising ideologies of colonisation. These hybrid networks now comprise the ‘sociability’ in which Māori individuals and collectives aid and abet their development.

Yet much debate seems to centre on the clear lack of Māori social capital. Standard social indicators continue to communicate the vulnerability of Māori. In the areas of employment, health and education, Māori ‘lag’ behind Pākeha and, more importantly, their own aspirations. While winning many legal, political and commercial battles, Māori collectively experience an uneasy relationship with State and corporate authority. Such dis-ease is now exacerbated by a recession that has seen a rapid increase in Māori unemployment and a corresponding dismantling of many social programmes. Once again, Māori sociability is under threat.

The antidote to this is assumed to be greater/better/more economic development. Strategic eyes turn to Māori agri- and aquacultural development, the ‘sleeping giants’ of New Zealand’s economy which, through antecedent pathways of a Māori presence in primary production, embed pathways to the future. In this presentation, I explore the geohistory of Maori land use with an emphasis on contemporary challenges. In particular I wish to tease out a relationship between social capital and its connections to socio-ecological resilience, and an explicitly cultural resilience.

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LOCATION: 112 Hilgard Hall, UCB, Berkeley, CA 94720

Head east on University, which ends on Oxford. Make a left on Oxford and enter parking lot, by turning right at Berkeley Way, across from Yali's Cafe.

From downtown Berkeley Bart, head east on Center Street. Cross Oxford onto campus. Take semi-circular path that veers to left. Turn right at the West Gate, and walk on the left side of the street. Walk up and onto Wickson Road. Wellman Hall entrance is on the left. Hilgard is on its left.

ALSO, Hilgard Hall is directly in front of Mulford Hall, the location of our previous 3 meetings.

BACKGROUND:

Indigenous Mapping Network meetings at UC-Berkeley convene mapping practitioners, indigenous community members, indigenous rights organizations, researchers, and technology professionals to discuss current issues in indigenous mapping.

Our meetings are intended to create a platform for supporting indigenous mapping collaborations and linking communities with emerging technologies.

Mapping approaches can include thought-maps, performance, materials, as well as GIS, web, and mobile phone technologies.


For more information visit http://indigenousmapping.net or contact Sibyl Diver, student chapter president of Indigenous Mapping Network at Berkeley, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Rosemarie McKeon, IMN board member, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Community Conservation in Practice Workshop for Representatives of Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities

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Before the 12th International Society of Ethnobiology Congress http://www.tbgf.org/ice/ , the Global Diversity Fund (GDF) and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) will co-sponsor a workshop on ‘Community Conservation in Practice' from 6 – 8 May 2010 in Tofino, British Columbia. Led by Eli Enns, Tla-o-qui-aht Nation Building Program (Canada) and Jamili Nais, Deputy Director, Sabah Parks (Malayisa), the workshop will explore international and national policies, contemporary concepts and exemplary case studies of community conservation. There will be a particular focus on governance, and the relationship between government protected areas, collaborative management and community conservation.  In addition, we will learn about emergent designations such Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs), and Indigenous Conservation Territories (ICTs).  We also intend to showcase the special role ethnoecology can play in community conservation projects.

Participants in the workshop will report on their discussions and experiences during a session at the ISE Congress on “Community Conservation in context: can designations embrace the diversity of global experiences?”

Please note that only indigenous peoples and local community members who are currently involved in conservation projects may apply.  Those selected to attend may propose a colleague from an academic, non-government or government organization who can accompany them in the course. The workshop will be delivered in English, but time will be allowed for discussion and translation in other languages as needed.

Workshop participants must be members of the International Society of Ethnobiology and attend the ISE 12th Congress from 9 – 14 May 2010, also held in Tofino. The ISE has announced a limited number of travel bursaries (typically up to $2000 USD per participant) to offset direct expenses (transportation, hotel, meals, registration) for indigenous and local people who are members of the ISE and involved in ethnobiology at the community or grassroots level. Both new and renewing ISE members are eligible. For ISE membership information, please see http://ise.arts.ubc.ca/membership/.  The deadline for applying for these bursaries is 16 October 2009.
 
With financial support from The Christensen Fund (TCF), GDF may award a limited number of bursaries to cover course fees, materials, accommodation and meals during the three days of the workshop.  Candidates from focal regions of TCF and GDF will be given priority and are encouraged to apply. More information on the Global Diversity Fund and its focal regions – Mesoamerica, North Africa, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa – is available on www.globaldiversityfund.org  Consult www.christensenfund.org for an overview of The Christensen Fund, including its priority areas: Turkey, Iran and Central Asia; Northern Australia and Melanesia; Greater American Southwest and the African Rift Valley.

An on-line application form, instructions and additional workshop information will be available starting 16 October on the GDF Biocultural Diversity Learning Network website http://www.globaldiversityfund.net . The application deadline is 1 December 2009 and successful candidates will be notified by 15 January 2010.

Enquiries may be directed to Erin Smith erin at globaldiversityfund dot org, GDF International Programmes Coordinator.
   

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