Existence As Resistance: An Indigenous Voice From Brazil

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Daiara Tukano

Existence As Resistance: An Indigenous Voice From Brazil

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 18:45

What are the threats facing Amazonian indigenous rights and environmental activists under Brazil's current far-right President, Jair Bolsonaro? Brazil is home to an immense diversity of peoples and cultures, guardians of ancestral knowledge, who today wish to share some of their wisdom and visions for a better world. With the rainforest burning across much of Amazonia, and in dialogue with Extinction Rebellion activists, tonight's speaker from the Tukano Amazonian tribe will survey the current indigenous panorama in her people's struggle to build alliances that can contribute to the protection of mother nature, cultural diversity and human rights across this vast region.

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Camilla Power

Laughing At The Gods: Bushman Trickster Tales
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 18:45
Daryll Forde Seminar Room, Anthropology Building, 14 Taviton St, off Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

Recently, it has been argued that no truly egalitarian societies exist since even those which appear to show equality in real life still have beliefs in dominant divine forces. In this talk, Camilla Power examines the role of the main supernatural entity of Khoisan Bushman peoples, the 'Trickster’. Denizen of First Creation, Trickster shows repeated characteristics of counter- and reverse dominance. He or she switches between an awesome or cosmic aspect – guarding game animals or bleeding initiates – and a weird, comical figure who is mean, cheating, greedy and lecherous, chopping off bits of the body which then behave extremely badly. Can the diverse versions of Trickster be reconciled and is there any underlying logic to them? A number of Khoisan stories will be narrated and discussed to reveal what they have in common. The Trickster expresses cycles of time and oscillation between periods of taboo and relaxation of taboo.