Day: April 1, 2015

CFP – 14th Annual Symposium of Native and Indigenous Scholarship, Due: April 10, 2015

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14th Annual Symposium of Native and Indigenous Scholarship
at the University of Washington, Seattle
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House
May 8, 2015 9:00-5:00

“Indigeneity in Motion”
A Close Look at Movement, Migration, and Transformation
To live is to move. Indigenous peoples have always been in motion, by necessity of sustenance or preservation of extensive trade routes (Vizenor, 2009). Our understanding of movement is that it is on a continuum and thus cannot be reduced to what is static (Bergson, 1911). Movement is essential for life and is a natural right. Further, Indigeneity in motion coupled with active presence is a form of tribal sovereignty. In the words of Gerald Vizenor, “The sovereignty of motion is mythic, material, and visionary not mere territoriality, in the sense of colonialism and nationalism” (Vizenor, 2000). Indigenous conceptions of motion connect Indigenous peoples to their stories of emergence and migration and place us in direct relationship with our environment and our natural world relations. Broadly conceptualized, movement can be discussed in terms of peoples, rights, climate, health, culture, time (history), space, technology or information, water, land, borders, and more. Indigenous graduate, professional, community and undergraduate students and scholars, staff, and faculty are invited to submit summaries or abstracts for the opportunity to present work relating to this year’s theme.

Please submit a 250-word abstract to with the subject “NOIS Symposium Submission” by Friday, April 10, 2015. Presentations can take any one of the following formats:
● Paper presentation
● Poster
● Panel Discussion (4 members max)
● Poetry*
● Artwork (visual or musical; submission no longer than 20 minutes)*
● Short film
*Poetic submissions should be the actual poem(s). Artistic submissions should include a photograph and description. Musical submissions should describe lyrics/music as they relate to the theme. Submissions should include:
● Title of presentation
● Authors & Affiliation (School, Department, Institution, Organization, Tribal Nation)
● Contact information (email and telephone number)
● Presentation format (oral presentation, poster, or panel)
Acceptance letters will be sent out on April 14, 2015 to the email address indicated in your submission.
Please join us at the newly opened wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House on the UW Seattle campus,
4249 Whitman Court, UW Seattle Campus (E. Stevens Way and Whitman Court NE)

Women and Youth Fight for Freedom of Expression in Guatemala

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Women and Youth Fight for Freedom of Expression in Guatemala
March 16, 2015
On February 25, 2015 the Guatemalan National Police and the Public Ministry once again raided two community radio stations, this time in Chichicastenango, Quiche, a popular tourist destination. Radio Swan Tinamit and Radio Ixmukane both serve important audiences in Chichicastenango. Radio Swan Tinamit is mostly staffed by youth, and the topics they cover include the rights of Indigenous Peoples, youth participation in leadership, and Indigenous traditions, among others. Radio Ixmukane is mostly staffed by women, as the radio was founded as part of and is housed by Asociacion de Mujeres Ixmukane (Ixmukane Womens’ Association). Radio Ixmukane focuses on women’s rights, education on domestic abuse, and reproductive rights.
Persecution against community radio stations is an all too-common occurrence in Guatemala, and increasingly has been on the rise over the last two months… Read more.

Maya Land Rights Case to be Heard in International Courts

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Maya Land Rights Case to be Heard in International Courts
March 26, 2015
The Maya people of Toledo are scheduled for a hearing to reaffirm their land rights case at the regional Caribbean Court of Justice in April of 2015, after almost a decade of back and forth in the national courts in Belize. Their claim to the land has been upheld twice in the Supreme Court, once in 2009 and again in 2013. The government of Belize continues to assert that the land title the Maya hold should not be considered native or Indigenous land title, but merely based on a long period of occupation. However Maya leaders are optimistic about the ruling: “We are of the belief that it is our unity, our long standing customary practices that has sustained us and our humble leadership that yet again we will achieve not only the favors of the court but the minds and hearts of many people. The struggle of the Maya is the struggle of all people,” announced Alfonso Cal, President of the assembly of traditional leaders, looking forward to the hearing… Read more.


Guided Tour at MOA: c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, April 21, 7pm

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guided tour
c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city

April 21, 7pm

Join MOA, the Musqueam First Nation, and the Museum of Vancouver for a series of groundbreaking exhibitions that will connect Vancouverites with the living legacy of c̓əsnaʔəm, the ancient villages and burial sites upon which the city of Vancouver is built. Highlighting language, oral history, and the community’s recent actions to protect c̓əsnaʔəm, the exhibitions invite visitors to engage with the long and dynamic history of the land. MOA’s exhibit features 3D modelling of maps and artifacts, original videography, family-friendly interactivity, and soundscapes blending traditional and modern sounds.

On April 21 join Musqueam community members, Elders, artists, and activists as they share their knowledge and explore the themes in the MOA exhibition. The tour begins at 7pm and is free with admission.