Marking the Infinite features the works of nine women Aboriginal artists from remote areas across Australia. Revered matriarchs commanding leadership roles use art to empower their respective communities. The exhibit will run from January 28th until May 7th. The opening reception was on January 28th.
For those interested in learning Quechua, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center offers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for participation in a FLAS approved Summer Study Abroad program for training in Quechua. The fellowship provides a tuition and stipend award to students participating in language and area studies training. For full details on our Summer Fellowship, please visit https://lacc.fiu.edu/academics/financial/flas-fellowship/.
Please click here to watch video from last night's event.
The FIU student club, the Global Indigenous Group, invites FIU students, faculty and staff to sign the petition to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day at FIU. Christopher Columbus represents the colonization and genocide of Indigenous People. The fact that this is a holiday, or a day of remembrance by Florida International University shows that the University currently does not value its Indigenous/ Native American students, faculty or community.
Student members of the Global Indigenous Forum voted online to confirm their leaders for the upcoming year. Congratulations to President Wendy Perez, Vice President Vanessa Leon, and Treasurer Diane Benitez. We look forward to an active and engaging year to come.
A new course has been announced for Fall 2016, "Native Traditions and the Environment." This course focuses on knowledge and traditions (Traditional Ecological Knowledges or TEK’s) that have been transmitted across multiple generations through oral stories, and traditional beliefs and practices, especially those regarding the relationship with the natural environment.
The Global Indigenous Forum hosted an event for "The Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian (OPIAC) Amazon Adapts to Climate Change and Preserves Traditional Culture for a Post-Conflict Colombia," featuring Bernardita Remuy Capojo and Claudino Pérez Torres are native members of the Muruy (Uitoto) peoples of the Colombian Amazon, as they presented their work preparing for climate change and preserving traditional indigenous culture in a post-conflict Colombia as leaders within OPIAC.
Meredith Marchioni, who earned her Ph.D. in comparative sociology from FIU in 2009 works with communities in remote Native Alaskan villages to better manage subsistence and marine resources.
Dr. Maria-Luisa Veisaga was confirmed as First Vice Chair receiving one hundred percent of the GIF Advisory Council voting member’s approval.
Bobby C. Billy, speaker at our FIU Indigenous Celebration in October, asked that his statement to the UN Summit Meeting in Paris from the Elders and Medicine Peoples be distributed. The attached document is signed by many leading Native spiritual leaders including Chief Arvol Looking Horse.