Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

Erin Beck

Editor’s Note: Erin Beck is a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Source: Study finds microfinance can help, even if goals aren’t met | Around the O

August 7, 2017—UO political scientist Erin Beck thinks development organizations aren’t asking the right questions if they want to truly understand what the money they spend trying to help lift poor people out of poverty around the globe is actually doing.

Her new book, How Development Projects Persist, outlines her takeaways from researching nongovernmental microfinance organizations for poor rural women in Guatemala and challenges standard ways of measuring the success of development projects. She argues that organizations rely too much on numbers and often overlook critical human interactions, which are not as easily measured but are central to understanding how development projects function and persist.

“We can’t just think about what the projects are doing for people but should also examine what people do for projects,” Beck said. “We need to look at how policies get transformed on the ground.” › Continue reading

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A Conversation with Indigenous Hip Hop artist, Una Isu

November 15, 2017
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

 

 

Room 178
Frohnmayer Music Building
961 E. 18th
UO campus

Miguel Villegas is a trilingual Ñuu Savi (Mixteco) rapper. His artistic name, Una Isu, means Eight Deer in Mixtec; a tribute to the legendary Mixtec leader Eight Deer Jaguar Claw. He has worked as a community organizer, interpreter, coordinator of cultural projects with the Binational Center for Indigenous Development Oaxaqueño (CBDIO).  

He is currently deputy state coordinator for the Indigenous Front of Binational Organization (FIOB), in California.  Miguel is a student of a university-college where he hopes to specialize in linguistics to continue preserving his native language.

In addition to writing his music, he also practices the traditional dances of Nùù Yúku, The Dance of the Diablitos and Daza de Los Chareos.

You can listen to some of Miguel’s songs at: https://www.reverbnation.com/unaisu/songs

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Ruth Vargas book presentation: Pewmas / Sueños de Justicia

November 9, 2017
4:30 pmto6:00 pm

Yamada Language Center
175 McKenzie Hall, University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1236

Latin American Studies is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the book Pewmas / Sueños de Justicia: Lonkos y Dirigentes Mapuche versus Chile en la Corte Interamericana (Pewmas/Dreams of Justice: Chiefs and Mapuche leaders versus Chile in the Inter-American Court)

Testimonies and evidence of the effects of antiterrorist law

By Dr. Ruth Vargas

The book and author will be introduced by Ellen McWhirter, PhD., Ann Swindells Professor in Counseling Psychology, University of Oregon and will continue with a presentation and discussion with the author, Dr. Ruth Vargas.

This book presents the trajectory of the case “Chiefs and Mapuche leaders versus Chile” in the Inter-American Court System of Human Rights. It explores the sanctions against Chile from the Inter-American Court for the wrongful application of the anti-terrorist law to the Mapuche leaders. The book reviews the testimonies of the leaders before the international tribunal, as well as offers aspects of the psychosocial expert testimony to unveil the harmful effects of the application of the Anti-terrorist law on members of the Mapuche people. › Continue reading

Roberto Rodríguez: “In Pursuit of Sacred Justice”

May 16, 2017
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

145 Straub Hall
1451 Onyx St.
UO campus
Free & Open to all

In Pursuit of Sacred Justice
an upcoming talk by Roberto Rodríguez (Dr. Cintli)
Professor of Mexican American and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona

Roberto Rodríguez (Dr. Cintli)

Dr. Cintli will discuss his latest book, Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother, on maíz culture and food colonization, migration, and storytelling among Indigenous, Mexican and Central American peoples of the Americas.

He interweaves these “Sacred Maíz Narratives” with reflections on his acclaimed journalistic work on the topic of Red-Black-Brown Communities in Resistance to U.S. Law Enforcement and Military Violence as well as his latest collaborative project, Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce – People the Color of the Earth, a book, play, and series of video dialogues which explore color consciousness and light-skin privilege. › Continue reading

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Belen Norona: “Recreating Territories: Academic Input in Struggles for Land”

February 2, 2017
4:00 pmto5:30 pm

Condon 106
1321 Kincaid St.
UO campus

CLLAS Graduate Grantee Presentation

María Belén Noroña, a graduate teaching fellow in the Department of Geography, will discuss alternative ways in which indigenous communities produce understandings of territory when material control over such resources is threatened by mining activities. In collaboration with an indigenous community in the Amazon of Ecuador, Belén explores how socio-spatial relations based on reciprocity, collaboration and solidarity contribute to secure collective means of survival. The process of securing such means of survival require collective action operating at several scales and with multiple actors producing new understandings of territory that extend beyond material relation between the population and their physical space. This talk is part of the Geography Department’s Tea Talk Series. Refreshments will be offered at 3:30 P.M. Belén’s research was funded in part by a Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies grant.

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Winona LaDuke: “Rights of Nature”

November 19, 2016
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union
EMU Ballroom
1222 E. 13th Ave.
UO campus

Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is a celebrated Native American activist and leader, environmentalist, speaker, and author. Residing on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, Ms. LaDuke is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, where she works on the national level to advance Native environmental issues and sustainable Native communities.

The former Green Party nominee for Vice President of the United States and Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year is also a founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. LaDuke will debunk the widely-held notion reducing Nature to property and discuss the international movement dedicated to legally recognizing Nature’s right to exist, persist and naturally evolve.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and by Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies, and Native American Studies and by the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

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