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Indigenous People’s Day at FIU approved by Student Government Association.


A monumental step in making FIU a more inclusive school for our Indigenous students while recognizing the need to make things right and set the record straight for Indigenous Peoples' globally. FIU is to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day annually on the second Monday of October. Accomplished through the continuing efforts of the members of the student club, the Global Indigenous Group.

Indigenous Cultures and the Environment Study Abroad to Ecuadorian Amazon


Three weeks July 8 to 17th. Learn about Indigenous knowledge of, and relationships to, the environment. Learn how to conduct research in cultural anthropology working directly with Kichwa and Waorani communities while being housed in the beautiful Andes and Amazon field school. Undergraduate course ANT 3403: Cultural Ecology, or Graduate Course ANG 5267: Environmental Anthropology. Dr. Juliet S. Erazo is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Global and Sociocultural [...]

Searching Reciprocity in Japan- Ainu. Study Abroad


We will observe Japan from 1600 to 1868, focusing on various perspectives from the society of the Tokugawa years—also known as the Edo period. We will research Edo’s ecological and reciprocal lifestyle in downtown Tokyo first, and then research the spiritual interrelation between nature and the Ainu people (indigenous people) in Hokkaido. The Ainu have maintained a reciprocal lifestyle with nature and animals. A multi-perspective approach will be used to discuss and analyze the development [...]

Upcoming Events

Indigenous African Traditions of Peace and Reconciliation in Kenya

10/23/2018 06:00 PM

Lecture by Dr. Sultan Somjee. Religious Studies Alumni Dinner Lecture. Former head of Ethnography at the National Museums of Kenya. Founder of the Community Peace Museums Programme and Foundation, and the Asian African Heritage Trust in Kenya.

Seminole American Indian Arts Celebration

11/02/2018 10:00 AM

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum on the Seminole Indian Big Cypress Reservation hosts this annual event focusing on the traditional and contemporary arts, dance and music of the Seminole, Southeastern and other Indian tribes from across the country. A film viewing and panel discussion with the directors for More Than A Word will take place on Saturday from 5-7 pm.

Miccouskee Indian Arts and Crafts Festival

12/26/2018 10:00 AM

Honors the gathering tradition and brings together the South Florida community with First Nations and Aboriginal members of North America. At this weeklong event enjoy authentic foods, alligator demonstrations and the Everglades on airboat rides as well as the cultures and traditions of other tribes.

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Dr. Dennis Wiedman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies SIPA 327
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
Office phone: 305-348-2262
Secretary: 305-348-2247
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