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From Principles to Practice: Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America. Proceedings of the Pucallpa Conference. Pucallpa - Peru, 17-20 March 1997

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. This is a particularly important issue for the region


Liberation through Land Rights in the Peruvian Amazon

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. The first section of the book, written by lawyer Pedro García Hierro, concerns the background of the


Indigenous Affairs 3-4/97

Despite increased and ever more vocal participation by indig­enous peoples at the international political arena, the human rights situation of indigenous peoples remains criticaI.

A major threat to the lives, cultures and dignity of indigenous peoples is the rapidly ongoing loss of


Indigenous Affairs 1/97

Indigenous Peoples win Prize on Oil Issue
On 13 March 1997, the Peruvian indig­enous organisation, the Native Federa­tion of the Madre de Dios (FENAMAD) received the Bartolomé de las Casas award from the Spanish Prince Felipe of Asturias in Madrid. FEnamad's


Indigenous Affairs 2/96

The Saami call their territory Sapmi. Conceptually, the term encompasses the geographical area, the Saami territory and the Saami people, all in one. The land and the peo­ple are intrinsically united. During. the colonisation of Sapmi. the territory and the people were divided between


Indigenous Affairs 1/96

The first months of 1996 have been dominated by devastation facing the indigenous peoples of Brazil.

Justice Minister Nelson Johim in De­cree 1775. has opened up 344 reserves (57 percent of all indigenous territories in the country) to claims by any com­pany, local authority or


Where T'Boli Bells Toll: Political Ecology Voices Behind the Tasaday Hoax

Kinship, coincidences and the desire to do 'anthropology at home triggered our interest and involvement in the Tasaday hoax and subsequent study on the T'boli. In August 1986 Duhaylungsod attended the International Conference on the Tasaday Controversy and other Urgent Anthropological Issues at


Roads, Indians and Environment in the Amazon: From Central Brazil to the Pacific

This document conatains an unedited work of high scientific value on the consequences of the contruction of the Amazonian highways on indigenous populations, non-indigenous people who also use the Amazon and on the environment.

Translation from Portuguese: Edda Frost and Sam


'Life Is not Ours' - Land and Human Rights in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission is an independent body established to investigate allegations of human rights violations in the hill region of southeast Bangladesh. In November 1990, the Commission received permission from the governments of India and Bangladesh to visit the Chittagong


Critical Issues in Native North America - Volume I

This document, the first of two volumes, is a collection of articles comparing the problems and issues facing the indigenous nations of North America. Loss of lands and resources at the hands of contemporary nation-states such as the U.S. and Canada, as well as cultural "assimilation" policies


Indigenous survival among the Barí and Arhuaco: Strategies and perspectives

This document is a collection of articles and material comparing the problems and issues facing the Barí and Arhuaco nations of Venezuela and Columbia. Loss of lands from invading companies and colonists is contrasted with threats to their culture from missionaries. The document not only charts


Transmigrasi: Myths and Realities - Indonesian Resettlement Policy, 1965-1985

In 1931, a few weeks after my first arrival as a member of the judiciary in the Netherlands Indies, I passed through Gedong Tataan. It was a typical Javanese village, surrounded by irrigated ricefields, in the midst of the impenetrable jungle of South Sumatra, at that time still infested by


Genocide in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

The Chittagong Hill Tracts are a "tribal area" in Bangla­desh where 12 different ethnic groups live. They number about 600 000 people and make up 0.7% of the total population of Bangladesh. After independence the tribal people accounted for 98% of the district's inhabitants. Today they are


The Yanoama in Brazil 1979

This paper is intended to first, report on the very critical situation of the Yanoama Indians in north Brazil who have been affected by the construction of the Perimetral Norte highway; second, to make public the events that led to the abrupt end of the "Yanoama Project", a plan designed by an


Eastern Bolivia: The White Promised Land

The Indians of Bolivia, already exploited by a military dictatorship, will have to take up more of the white man's burden if South Africans and Rhodesians accept an in­vitation to colonise the country. White South Africans, ac­customed to the excesses of their own police, will find much


The Reaction of People of Bellona Islands towards a Mining Project

The present paper is concerned with the reactions of the people of Bellona Island, a small Polynesian outlier island in the Solomon Islands, when confronted with a recent plan of having the fairly large deposits of phosphate on their island mined by a foreign company.

Aboriginal Land Rights

This report is a reprint from volume 2, in Frank Stevens (ed.): RACISM: THE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE. A Study of Race Prejudice in Australia. 1-3. 1971-72. Published by Australia & New Zealand Book Co, Fty. Ltd.,85 Whiting Street, Artarmon, N.S.W. 2064 Australia. We express our gratitude to


Native People in Areas of Internal National Expansion: Indians and Inuit in Canada

In the last few years there have been an increasing number of major development projects which have raised issues of native rights. The list includes the Bennett Darn, the Bighorn Darn, the James Bay project, the flooding of Southern Indian Lake, explora­tion and resource development in the


The Anatomy of a Land Invasion Scheme in Yekuana Territory, Venezuela

This publication documents the Parú-Cacuri invasion on the basis of newspaper reports, and documents submitted to various official authorities. This is done to substantiate the Yekuana viewpoint regarding the significance of their land, and to out line their own attitude toward the development




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