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Amplifying Amerindian Voices Panel (in-Person)
Saturday 03 September 2022, 12:30pm - 02:00pm
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Saturday 3 September 2022,  12.30 - 14.00pm (BST)

The event is in-Person at the Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street, W1T5BT  (Find it on a map here)

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Feel free to bring your own sandwiches or lunchbox. Coffee and tea provided.


Amerindian Women Speak Out:
Environment, Climate Crisis, Land and Gender in Brazilian Amazonia and on the Atlantic Coast from Indigenous Peoples' Perspectives 


Mulheres Amerindias falam:
Meio-ambiente, crise de clima, terra e genero na Amazonia brasileira e no litoral atlantico de perspectivas indigenas 


The visit is supported by the project called: Amplifying Amerindian Voices and Visions on Climate Change and Environmental Destruction beyond COP-26 (see below on the project)
Three leading Amerindian women from Brazil will be in London this autumn and will speak at an event hosted by the RAI and supported by Survival International. The objective is to make indigenous women’s voices heard on the topics of climate change and environment post COP-26 and pre-COP 27.
Each speaker belongs to a different indigenous people with a distinct culture, history, and environmental situation.

Nelly Marubo (Nelly Barbosa Duarte Dollis) is an activist and intellectual from the Javari region on the border between Peru and Brazil. The Marubo people are one of the most numerous in this area and lead the indigenous movement there. Nelly completed a PhD in Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, in May 2022 and currently she is organizing an association of the indigenous women of the Javari. She will speak about the many difficulties involved in this project, which takes place under constant a threat of violence from the same groups that organised the murders of Dom Philips and Bruno Pereira.

Francineia Baniwa (Francineia Bitencourt Fontes) is of the Walipere-Dakeenai clan of the Baniwa people, who have been living since precolonial times in the upper Rio Negro River area, now part of the Northwest Amazon region of Brazil. She is currently studying for a doctorate in anthropology at the Museu Nacional (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), where she completed a master’s dissertation on Baniwa mythology and its transformations in 2019. She is a mother, expert in forest agriculture, activist, defender of the environment and its guardian-carers, photographer and spokeswoman for her people and for Amerindians – the original peoples of the Americas - more generally.

Glicéria Tupinambá (Glicéria Jesus da Silva) lives in a region of Brazil once covered by the Atlantic Forest and participates actively in her people’s fight to regain occupied land and reforest it. She is a well-known indigenous leader, teacher, intellectual and awarded artist from the village of Serra do Padeiro, located in the Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Territory (southern Bahia, Northeastern Brazil). Glicéria has also acted as an Indigenous representative within multiple spheres, such as the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Currently, she is researching the contemporary efforts of the Tupinambá to recover their language and aspects of their material culture, intertwined with their struggle for land. More specifically, she investigates the connections between the remaining capes of scarlet ibis feathers produced by the Tupinambá during the 16th and 17th centuries – all of which are kept in European museums –, the Old Tupi language and the production of contemporary capes. Because of her relentless commitment to the advancement of the Indigenous rights and, more specifically, the recognition of the Tupinambá’s land rights, Glicéria has been repeatedly threatened and criminalized. In 2010, returning from an official appointment during which she denounced the frequent episodes of police brutality against her people to then President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, she was arrested with her 2-month-old baby. Their incarceration, which persisted for over two months, was severely criticized by human rights organizations in Brazil and abroad.




The Amerindian Voices project was created by Cecilia McCallum (Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil; & Professorial Fellow at the University of St-Andrews), in collaboration with Professor Mark Harris (Social Anthropology, University of St-Andrews) and Luisa Elvira Belaunde, (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos). It is funded by the Impact and Innovation Fund (Univ. of St-Andrews).
The first phase of this project in 2021 was funded by the KE and Impact Fund (Univ. of St-Andrews).