Indigenous Militancy and Creativity in the Peruvian Amazon: A Forty-Year Perspective on the Awajún Struggle for Cultural Survival

Michael Brown, President of the School for Advanced Research

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

The Awajún (Aguaruna) people of Peru’s Upper Amazon have emerged as one of South America’s most influential indigenous societies, known for an ironclad commitment to self-determination and an ability to mobilize other indigenous peoples in common cause. Somewhat paradoxically, their defense of tradition includes an energetic embrace of literacy, Christian conversion, and advanced education. This talk considers the advantages and costs of Awajún militancy, which is directed not only toward outsiders but also to members of their own society.
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