and Indigenous Peoples
July 14 - August 3, 2010
This three-week course will address tropical forest ecology,
conservation of Amazonia, and the role of the indigenous
Kayapó in the protection of their lands.
The Amazon basin is the largest remaining tract of tropical rainforest in the world. Many indigenous groups
in the Brazilian Amazon now participate in arrangements of “partnering” with outside entities, intended to increase
security of their lands. Students will visit and work with one such innovative partnership in which indigenous peoples
participate at every level of decision-making and knowledge-sharing.
Kayapó territories now represent one of the largest remaining stretches of neotropical rainforest in the world.
The Kayapó are best known for their precedent-setting triumph in garnering international support to halt plans to
build a large hydroelectric project in 1989.
Pinkaití Research Station has been in Aukre, center of the Kayapó indigenous area, for 15 years. During this
time researchers studied the sustainability of local hunting practices and their impact on fauna. In a rare partner-
ship with Pinkaití, the University of Maryland has arranged for a small class of students to visit this site, live among
the Kayapó, and be taught by them along with researchers.
COURSES: Admitted students will enroll in one of the following 6-credit courses:
ANTH 495 Ethnographic Fieldwork
ANTH 698C Advanced Field Training in Ethnography
LASC 448C Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Brazilian Ethnography
ITINERARy: The federal government controls access to indigenous lands in Brazil. If, as is not expected, we
are denied access into the reserve, there will be another excursion within Brazil to take its place. You will be noti-
fied in advance.
PROgRAm COST: $3,980 APPLICATION dEAdLINE: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
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