News and Events for the FIU Global Indigenous Forum: March 2019

Hello from the FIU Global Indigenous Forum:

For the past five years the “FIU Indigenous Celebration” ended the academic year with dance, performance, and celebrations. With FIU recognition of Indigenous Day, these celebrations will be shifted to October 2019. This year we will end with “Indigenous State of Affairs,” April 13, where expert panelists and the audience participants highlight major news and issues of concern to Indigenous peoples. On April 5, we have a panel discussion with anticipation of lively audience participation on the “Who Is Indigenous?” Enhancing ways for our students to succeed, on March 26 is an Indigenous Workshop on “Reciprocity and Cultural Relativity as Life Lessons Learned from Indigenous Peoples.”

Students from the FIU Global Indigenous Group attended the Indigenous People’s march in Washington, DC. Friday January 18. A front page story of the student newspaper “PantherNow,” describes their travels, impressions, and experiences. http:/panthernow.com2019/01/20/university-indigenous-groups-march-on-washington/

FIU EVENTS (For information see, or 305-348-2247.)

Tuesday, March 26, 2018. FIU Indigenous Workshop Led by David Robles

“Reciprocity and Cultural Relativity as Life Lessons Learned from Indigenous Peoples.”

6:00 to 8:00 pm FIU MMC Room AHC5 Room 212A. Seats are limited. Please let us know soon that you are attending with this RSVP: https:/www.eventbrite.come/indigenous-workshop-reciprocity-and-cultural-relativity-by-david-robles-tickets-56599092409

The Indigenous workshop is just one of the Global Indigenous Forum’s university-wide efforts to support Indigenous students, and those with an interest in Indigenous peoples, to excel at FIU. Led by a student or faculty member, the purpose is to discuss a specific topic relating to ways of succeeding in academia while building respectful and ethical relationships with Indigenous communities. These informal conversational workshops are open to all students and faculty from departments and disciplines across the University.

This second GIF Indigenous Workshop is led by David Robles, a doctoral student in the Global and Sociocultural Studies program. David just returned from Columbia where he researches the relationship the Wayuu have with water, water infrastructure and non-Wayuu water and development organizations.

Reciprocity, the non-market exchange of goods and services, and cultural relativity, understanding another culture on its own terms, are important anthropological concepts learned from working with indigenous peoples. Based on research carried out among the Wayuu people of northern Colombia between 2012-2018, I discuss how reciprocity and cultural relativity are key components for working with indigenous peoples. With examples from my fieldwork and from those in attendance, I hope to debate the pros and cons of each. These two concepts not only offer practical lessons to embrace in fieldwork and everyday living, but also serve as a critique to globalization, neoliberal capitalism and many global and local problems we face today stemming from ethnocentrism.

Friday, April 5. 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. “Who is Indigenous” - A Panel and Audience Discussion. Room SIPA 100. MMC Campus.

For those long denied their Indigenous heritage, there is now a renewed identification and pride. The 2007 United Nations “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” empowers the original peoples of the continents to seek recognition and rights from dominating settler nations. Panel members bring a global perspective on how “Indigenous” and “Indigeneity” is contested, or recognized, at the individual, community, national and international levels from India, Peru, Ecuador, and the US.

Panelists: Janos Janine Bowen. Seneca Faith Keeper, Beaver Clan. Director, Allegany Language Department. Seneca Nation, NY. Ed.M. Harvard Graduate School of Education. M.P.P. Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Candy Hurtado Bonilla. Executive Director, Kuyayky Foundation. An NGO fostering the Andean Quichua. McKnight and Presidential Fellow pursuing Ph.D. in Andean Studies at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Bina Sengar. Fulbright Scholar-in-residence at FIU. Specialist in South Asian tribal societies and transnational Indigenous issues. Assistant Professor of History. Marathwada University, Aurangabad, India.

Vanessa Leon. Born and raised in Ecuador. FIU-Global and Sociocultural Studies Doctoral Dissertation Year Fellow. Focuses on socio-ecological changes and governance of Ecuador Pacific coast original peoples.

Panel Moderator: Dr. Dennis Wiedman. Founding Director, FIU Global Indigenous Forum. Associate Professor, Dept. of Global and Sociocultural Studies. Focuses on Indigenous people’s health and well-being.

Organized by the FIU Global Indigenous Forum. Co-Sponsored by the student club, the Global Indigenous Group, and Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. This event is free and open to the public.

April 13. State of Indigenous Affairs: A Panel Discussion with Audience Participation

FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, Graham Center Ballrooms

2 pm - 4 pm

Join us for a discussion led by a panel of experts on Indigenous issues, locally and globally, on the topics of tribal and corporate business relations, Indigenous college student success, recent displacement of Indigenous people, ongoing recognition of Indigenous people, and environmental issues. In this globalized world where only certain issues are highlighted in the media and by the governments, our aim is to bring awareness to the issues, news highlights, and topics that Indigenous groups of the world are constantly facing and discussing. This event is free and open to the public. Co-organized by the FIU Global Indigenous Group, the FIU Global Indigenous Forum and the Council for Student Organizations (CSO)


March 22-24. 54th Annual FIHA Pow-wow. Florida Indian Heritage Association Intertribal Powwow, dance, venders, camping. St Lucie County Fairgrounds. 15601 W Midway Rd. Fort Pierce Fl Organized by Florida Indian Heritage Association. https:/

June 14, 2019. We Are Here! Voices & Hands Making Community Happen On exhibition at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. Seminole Big Cypress Reservation. The Seminole Tribe of Florida has always had its own form of governing, adapting to change and the growing needs of its communities... How does the Seminole Tribe of Florida make Tribal communities happen? The Seminole Tribe of Florida has always had its own form of governing, adapting to change and the growing needs of its communities providing emergency services, healthcare, housing, education and caring for their lands and cultural resources. For accompanying exhibit curriculum see: https:/www.ahtahthiki.comeducator-resources/

The mission of the FIU Global Indigenous Forum is to bring global Indigenous issues, voices and awareness to the FIU campus and world community through activities and academic programs. Check the Global Indigenous Forum web page often at: http:/ Follow us on facebook at: https:/www.facebook.comGIGFIU Instagram at #IndigFIU For professional Indigenous opportunities join us on LinkedIn: http:/bit.lyFIU-GIF

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