Weekly Virtual Meeting Series - Summer 2020

During the summer of 2020 CRACIA will hold weekly meetings every Tuesday 3:00-5:00.  Meetings will consist of a presentation or a round-table discussion on a topic of anyone's choosing.

For more information, and to receive email updates for weekly topics, please contact cracia [dot] info [at] gmail [dot] com.

CRACIA Meeting, August 18: Casey High and Elliott Oakley

CRACIA, the Center for Research and Collaboration in the Indigenous Americas (www.CRACIA.org), and the Brazil group of LASC, would like to announce:
Please join us Tuesday, August 18 at 3:00 EDT for the presentation "Conserving and Extracting Nature: Environmental Politics and Livelihoods in the New 'Middle Grounds' of Amazonia" by Casey High and Elliott Oakley. You can enter the Zoom meeting through the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87614788502?pwd=TXlBY1ZKdnRNc2ZOb0VpcjUvdURjdz09
Attached to this email is Casey and Elliott's Introduction to a 2020 in-focus issue in the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology on this topic, for consultation before the presentation.
Conserving and Extracting Nature: Environmental Politics and Livelihoods in
the New “Middle Grounds” of Amazonia
Casey High and R. Elliott Oakley, University of Edinburgh
While Amazonian people are well known in anthropology for challenging modernist
ideas of “nature,” extractive industries and development projects have placed them at the forefront of conflicts around the environment. In 1995 Beth Conklin and Laura Graham identified these interfaces as increasingly translocal, leading them to describe an emerging “middle ground” that situates indigenous Amazonian people and Western environmentalists as natural allies.  In conceptualizing the “new middle grounds” of conservation and extractive economies, we explore processes of accommodation, partnership, contestation, and potential domination that are grounded in local perspectives and practices.
Casey High will discuss Waorani activism and oil extraction in the Ecuadorian Amazon, in which translating and moving between concepts of territory (wao öme) are integral to thoughtful and strategic engagement in contemporary environmental politics. Elliott Oakley will present on a Waiwai protected area in Guyana, exploring how indigenous ideas about land and care shape strategies for making claims on conservation partners. Together these case studies show the stakes of navigating and cultivating relationships in conservation and extractive industry interfaces for indigenous livelihoods in Amazonia.

CRACIA Meeting, August 4: Angelo Baca and Amalia Córdova

Please join us on Tuesday, August 4, from 3:00-4:30pm EDT for Frameworks for Interrogating and Mediating CollaborationsFilmmaker/scholars Angelo Baca and Amalia Córdova will discuss “hits and misses” of collaborations they have engaged in, and present frameworks they have developed to work collaboratively across cultures, disciplines, languages and media. They will show clips and short videos as part of this presentation and dialogue.
Angelo and Amalia have compiled readings and other relevant materials for consultation before their presentation, which are attached to this email or linked below. On Tuesday you can enter the Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87614788502?pwd=TXlBY1ZKdnRNc2ZOb0VpcjUvdURjdz09


Angelo Baca (Navajo/Hopi) is a cultural activist, scholar, filmmaker and doctoral student at New York University. Angelo obtained his MA from the Native Voices Program at the University of Washington, was a visiting lecturer in Ethnic Studies at Brown University, and is completing a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at New York University. Angelo creates educational and collaborative films. His most recent documentary, Shash Jaa': Bears Ears (2016) screened at the Margaret Mead Film Festival and at the Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, and the 2018 Environmental Film Festival, among many other major festivals. His documentary is the first of many others on the Presidential Proclamation of a collaboratively-managed National Monument in Southeast Utah. From 2017-2019 he held a fellowship as the Cultural Resources Coordinator at Utah Diné Bikéyah, a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and protection of culturally significant ancestral lands. In 2018 he was selected by the National Parks Conservation Association for the “Ten under Forty list” of dynamic cultural activists who make up the association’s Next Generation Advisory Council, and published a widely-read op-ed in the New York Times. In Spring 2020, he was a pre-doctoral Global Research Fellow at New York University-Washington, D.C.


Articles attached:

  • "Hands and Feet in Different Circles": A Conversation with Angelo Baca, by Marubbio, M. Elise., Post Script, Vol. 33, No.2, Spring 2014.

  • “Rejecting Racism in Any Form: Latter-day Saint Rhetoric, Religion, and Repatriation”by Thomas Murphy with Angelo Baca, Open Theology 2(1), January 2016.         



Amalia Córdova (Chilean/Diaguita/Mapuche) is a filmmaker, curator and scholar specializing in Indigenous film. She is the first  Latinx Digital Curator for New and Emerging Media and Chair of Cultural Research and Education at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. She co-directs the Smithsonian Mother Tongue Film Festival.  For over a decade, she led Latin American programs at the Film + Video Center of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. She served as Assistant Director of New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and taught Indigenous Cinemas at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies and an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU. She is from Santiago, Chile/Wallmapu.


Articles attached:

  • "Re-enact, reimagine: performative indigenous documentaries of Bolivia and Brazil” in New Documentaries in Latin America, V. Navarro and J. Rodrigues, Eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 

  •  “Imperfect Media and the Poetics of Indigenous Video in Latin America,” with Juan F.  Salazar, Global Indigenous Media: Cultures, Practices and Politics, P. Wilson and M. Stewart, Eds., Duke University, 2008.  



CRACIA Meeting, July 21: Thinking in circles

Please join us next Tuesday, July 21, at 3pm EDT for a roundtable conversation on 'Thinking in circles'. You can enter the Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87614788502?pwd=TXlBY1ZKdnRNc2ZOb0VpcjUvdURjdz09
Thinking in circles   
In her last book, Thinking in Circles, Mary Douglas explores “ring composition,” an “antique literary form” with a chiastic ABCBA structure -- the ending meets up with the beginning and meaning is packed in the middle.  The middle is where two parallel halves meet up and reverse each other (evoking Deleuze’s “fold”). This trait parallels, for example, Quechua narrative composition and Andean media, like textiles and dance choreography. For our next meeting, please bring examples of “thinking in circles” in indigenous American cultures to discuss.


CRACIA Meeting, July 14: Differences of a certain kind

Please join us next Tuesday, July 14, at 3pm EDT for a roundtable conversation on 'Differences of a Certain Kind: Hierarchies and Asymmetries in Native South America'. We invite informal 10-15 minute contributions on how you engage with differences, asymmetries and/or concepts of egalitarianism, heterarchy and hierarchy in your work. Please bring examples to discuss.

CRACIA Virtual Meeting, July 7: Reconsidering rights

Please join us next Tuesday, July 7, at 3pm EDT for a roundtable conversation on "reconsidering rights". We invite informal contributions on how you engage with concepts of rights or legal/juridical frameworks in your research. This roundtable topic could include: land rights, tangible/intangible property rights and intellectual property, sovereignty and international rights, and rights of non-human entities. Please bring examples to discuss.



Angelo Baca, Catherine Allen, Elliott Oakley, Christopher Hewlett, Glenn H. Shepard Jr., Amalia Córdova- "Productive Failure: A discussion"

Emily Colón- "Beyond Letting Anthropology Burn"

Holly Wissler- "Peru: Repatriation of Audio-Visual Archives in the Andes and Amazonia"

George Mentore, Jose Arenas Gómez, Juan Castrillón, Holly Wissler, Janet Chernela, James Whitaker, Elliott Oakley, Eduardo Fernandez, Laura Mentore- "Roundtable on Embodiment"

James Andrew Whitaker- "Discourses of Doubt among the Makushi in Guyana"
Catherine Allen- "The Sadness of Jars: Separation and Rectification in Andean Understandings of

Glenn H. Shepard Jr.- "From war club to camera: Designing an exhibit on contemporary Kayapo culture for the American Museum of Natural History"

Juan Castrillón- "~KİRAİÑİA (Long Flutes): Film Screening and Discussion"

Eduardo Fernandez- "Ashaninka Responses to Epidemics"