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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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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.

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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/.

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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.

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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.

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