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Publications about indigenous peoples and issues in Latin America

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With its 54 country specific reports and 12 articles on international processes, this new edition of THE INDIGENOUS WORLD gives a comprehensive overview of the main developments that have affected indigenous women and men in the course of 2015

IWGIA - 2016 April

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Ana Cecilia Betancur and William Villa
This desk study documents the adverse impacts on indigenous communities from coal mining in the regions of la Guajira and Cesar, home to 90 percent of Colombia's coal production as well as several indigenous peoples such as the Wayuu, Yukpa and Kogui

IWGIA - 2016 February

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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) addresses in this report State obligations with regard to extraction, exploitation, and development activities concerning natural resources.

OAS with the financial support by IWGIA - 2015 December 31

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The book addresses cases from each of these continents, examining the experiences of indigenous peoples with access to remedy when their human rights are affected by corporate activities. By drawing from these experiences it seeks to inform the actions of corporate and State actors in relation their business and human rights obligation to ensure that indigenous peoples have access to effective remedy.

IWGIA, Almaciga & AIPP - 2015 March

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This book includes 20 case studies of World Heritage sites from around the world that explore, from a human rights perspective, indigenous peoples’ experiences with World Heritage sites and with the processes of the World Heritage Convention. The book will serve as a resource for indigenous peoples, World Heritage site managers and UNESCO, as well as academics, and will contribute to discussions about what changes or actions are needed to ensure that World Heritage sites can play a consistently positive role for indigenous peoples, in line with the spirit of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

IWGIA, Forrest Peoples Programme and Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation - 2014 November 14

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: Recommendations for the Full Respect of their Human Rights

Prepared by the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Inter-America Commission on Human Rights

This Report presents a general introduction to the human rights situation of indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation and initial contact in the Americas. It also compiles the main sources of law from the inter-American and universal human rights systems for their protection, identifies the threats to the full enjoyment of their human rights, and makes a series of recommendations to the member States of the Organization of American States.

This report was prepared with input obtained from various sources, including States, indigenous and civil society organizations, and experts and approved by the Inter-American Cpmmission on Human Rights on December 30, 2013.

OAS Official Document. Elaborated with the financial support of IWGIA - 2014 July

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This case study focuses on the capacity of local communities to monitor biodiversity and resources in Madagascar, Nicaragua, Philippines and Tanzania. It makes a controlled comparison between local community monitoring and trained scientists’ monitoring and conclude that local and indigenous communities generate similar and equally good outputs as the trained scientists, and are much more cost efficient. The cases suggest that it is fully possible to build a cheap and effective MRV system based on community monitoring of Non-Carbon Benefits.

IWGIA, AIPP, IBIS, AMAN, Forest of the World, CARE & NEFIN - 2014 June 4

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This case study from Peru illustrates the importance of Non-Carbon Benefits (NCBs) to REDD+, and particularly the effects of land demarcation and titling of indigenous communities, its impact on governance and democracy, on social structures and livelihoods, and on environment and forest cover. The case shows that NCBs are both land tenure rights as well as subsistence and coffee production, illustrating the synergy between rights, carbon and economic benefits for the indigenous population.

IWGIA, AIPP, IBIS, AMAN, Forest of the World, CARE & NEFIN - 2014 June 4

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The 2014 edition contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples in 73 articles written by indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists.

This year the book provides 58 country reports and 15 articles on international processes.

IWGIA - 2014 May 21

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This book offers a detailed insight into the situation of indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation in South America. It looks into the threats and challenges that indigenous peoples face and offers a rich source of demographic and ethnographic information regarding indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation and initial contact.

2013 June

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This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2012.

IWGIA - 2013 May 25

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This DVD includes a video documenting the Rapporteur’s visit to Argentina, an interview with James Anaya on his work as Special Rapporteur and his report on the situation of Argentina’s indigenous peoples.

IWGIA and Ore Media - 2012 December

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The purpose of this Report, which has as background the recent events concerning the acts of police violence and criminalization of the territorial claims of the Rapa Nui peoples which occurred in the years 2010 and 2011, is to assess the human rights situation of the Rapa Nui people

IWGIA - 2012 December

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This yearbook contains a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights, and provides an overview of the most important developments in international and regional processes during 2011.

Available as book and CD.

IWGIA - 2012 May 10

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Featuring 58 country reports and a section on international processes relating to indigenous peoples, the book presents indigenous peoples’ voices and current concerns. It gives a unique overview of important events and developments in the indigenous world during 2010.

Available as both book and CD.

IWGIA - 2011 May

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Combined issue that brings together a mixture of different articles and perspectives on development, self-determination and the role of customary law. The articles touch upon indigenous peoples' economic, legal, social and political development.

IWGIA - 2010 December

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This report documents the experiences of the Danish support programme for indigenous peoples in Bolivia. The programme came to an end 31 December 2009 after 10 years in operation.The aim of the programme was for indigenous peoples to "obtain full exercise of their economic, political, social and cultural rights". This publication presents an analysis of the process and the programmes overall results particularly over the last five years.

DANIDA and IWGIA - 2010 November

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A short film on the production of pottery by the Awajun women of the Peruvian Amazon and its social, cultural, and economic significance

IWGIA, Ore-media - 2010 September

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This video takes us on a journey to the heart of the Paraguayan Chaco in the company of Ayoreo elders and experts who show us around the territory where groups of ayoreo people wish to remain in isolation, despite a modern world that is gradually taking over.

IWGIA, Iniciativa Amotocodie & Ore-Media - 2010 September

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Unión de Nativos Ayoreo de Paraguay, Iniciativa Amotocodie
This IWGIA Report documents the injustices experienced by the indigenous Ayoreo people in Paraguay, who have lost much of their ancestral lands to ranching, illegal sale of land and extractive industries - a development that threatens the physical and cultural survival of the groups of Ayoreos still living in voluntary isolation.

IWGIA, UNAP, IA - - 2010 May

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Featuring 64 country reports and a section on international processes relating to indigenous peoples, the book presents indigenous peoples’ voices and current concerns. It gives a unique overview of important events and developments in the indigenous world during 2009.

IWGIA - 2010 April

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"Building dignity" is a chronicle of the Bolivian constitutional process. It offers a complete panorama of the voices that attract, repel and complement each other within Bolivia.

IWGIA, ORE Media - 2010 March

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A new documentary by ODECOFROC and IWGIA on the Awajún and their struggle to protect their ancestral territory

IWGIA, ODECOFROC, Racimos de Ungurahui & ORE-Media - 2010 February

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Research Team of ODECOFROC
This report documents how the Peruvian government has broken promises to establish a national park on the territory of the Awajún and Wampis peoples and has attempted to transfer land away from these indigenous peoples into the hands of politically connected mining companies.

IWGIA, ODECOFROC & Racimos de Ungurahui - - 2009 December

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Franz Treichler
This anthology is devoted to the music and songs of the  Awajun and Wampis communities of the Peruvian Amazon, formerly known as the Jivaro.

AIMP,VDE-Gallo - 2009 November

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On September 11, 2008, 13 people were murdered in what has been called “the Porvenir Massacre” or “the Pando Massacre”. This documentary shows what happened on that day and places the event in a broader context. The film is a portrait of the lives of the families of the victims and of those who survived the violence.

2009

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Pedro García Hierro
The violations of the fundamental rights of the black, indigenous and peasant farmer population of the Colombian Pacific, regarded by all the armed forces, both regular and irregular, as the “collateral  damage” of any armed conflict, may have objectives of their own, independent of the Colombian internal armed conflict.  The territorial uprooting of these peoples may be an objective in itself, and not a consequence of the conflict. This can be concluded from the links between armed actions, dispossessions of community lands and the false legalizations of these lands once seized.

IWGIA, Colectivo de Trabajo Jenzera - 2008 December

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Poverty and the maldistribution of land in core areas of developing countries, together with state schemes for the colonization of unruly frontiers, have forced indigenous peoples and settlers into uneasy co-existence. Presenting material from various Asian and Latin American countries, Frontier Encounters examines factors that make for conflict and accommodation, studies the role of policy frames, and looks at promising mitigation strategies.

IWGIA - 2008 April

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The theme for this edition of Indigenous Affairs is the first year of Evo Morales' presidency.

IWGIA - 2007 June

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Leslie Ray
This is the first book in English to examine the contemporary Mapuche: their culture, their struggle for autonomy within the modern-day nation state, their religion, language and distinct identity.

IWGIA - 2007 June

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Stefano Varese
This book tells the story of the 30-year period during which "indigenous sovereignty" emerged from five centuries of banishment, first as an unauthorized and unspeakable taboo and then later as a major topic of national political contention.

IWGIA - 2006 June

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By describing the fabric of relationships that indigenous peoples weave with their environment, this book attempts to define a more precise notion of indigenous territoriality.

IWGIA - 2005 June

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Gredna Landolt
Eyes that Tell is an anthology of myths and traditions narrated and superbly illustrated by members of eight indigenous peoples of Peruvian Amazonia: the Ashaninka, Shawi, Uitoto, Shipibo, Awajun, Wampis, Tikuna and Matsés.

IWGIA, IKAM, DCCD, SOLSTICIO - 2005 June

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Beatriz Huertas Castillo
This book offers a historical and anthropological perspective from which to understand the fragility of isolated indigenous groups in the face of contact with outside society. It helps us appreciate the importance, in terms of cultural and biological diversity, of safeguarding their territories for both their future and that of the human race.

IWGIA - 2004 June

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Pablo Lasansky
This book tells another story. A story being written from within that landscape by the indigenous peoples of the Chaco themselves. It is one of happiness rather than poverty, as seen through...

IWGIA - 2004 January

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This issue of Indigenous Affairs focuses on the issues affecting the indigenous population of Bolivia.

IWGIA - 2002 June

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Fergus MacKay
The Guide to Indigenous peoples' Rights in the Inter-American Human Rights System sets out in detail how the Inter-American human rights system works. It summarizes what rights are protected, with a focus on those of particular importance to Indigenous peoples. It also provides detailed guidance on how to submit petitions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Forest Peoples Programme & IWGIA - 2002 January

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On December 22nd 1997, 32 women and 13 men in the los Naranjos encampment for displaced people in the community of Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico, were assasinated by heavily armed men.

IWGIA - 2001 June

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This important collection of essays will be compulsory reading for all those who wish to have a better understanding of the dynamic processes of change which Mexico and its indigenous peoples have undergone at the end of the millennium.

IWGIA - 2000 June

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This yearbook provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1999 and 2000 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas, with a special focus on indigenous women.

IWGIA - 2000 May

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1998 and 1999 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas, with a special focus on indigenous women.

1999 May

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Ellen Rose Kambel and Fergus MacKay
The book describes and analyses the Surinamese legal system as it relates to the rights of indigenous peoples and Maroons.

The Forest Peoples Programme & IWGIA - 1999 April

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1997 and 1998 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas.

Out of print!

IWGIA - 1998 May

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Pedro García Hierro, Søren Hvalkof & Andrew Gray
This book is an attempt to reflect the process of implementing an ambitious project of territorial planning in the Ucayali region for the demarcation and titling of indigenous communities.

IWGIA - 1998 April

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The book is the result of a conference held in Pucallpa, Peru, where representatives from indigenous organizations, environmentalists and independent experts met to discuss different methods for managing the protected areas of Latin America.

AIDESEP, The Forest Peoples Programme & IWGIA - 1998 April

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1996 and 1997 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas.

IWGIA - 1997 May

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1995 and 1996 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas.

Out of print!

IWGIA - 1996 May

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1994 and 1995 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas.

IWGIA - 1995 May

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J. Nash, G.A. Collier, R.A. Hernández Castillo, K. Sullivan, M.E. Santana E., C.M. Kovic, M-O Marion, H. Bellinghausen
This document is concerned with the transformations within Chiapas Mayan communities that make processes of change visible. The focus is the period from 1974 when the first hemispheric congress of indigenous people took place in San Cristobal de las Casas, to the Zapatista uprising and the turbulent forces released by it.

IWGIA - 1995 April

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This book provides an overview of the present situation and crucial developments in 1993 and 1994 among indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa, the Arctic, the Pacific and the Americas.

Out of print!

IWGIA - 1994 May

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