Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Greetings Everyone, I haven't been very active on the Xukuru Human Rights Blog recently except to post information about the legal proceedings against Cacique Marcos Xukuru and the continued support and involvement of the American Anthropological Association's Committee for Human Rights. I have created a new Brazil Field School that is housed in the Anthropology Department in the University of North Dakota. I brought three anthropology students with me to Pesquiera, Pernambuco Brazil on May 19th and the students will be here until June 8th. The goals are to gain experience in the field about who the Xukuru people are and to learn first hand about the legal criminalization of their leaders, and to learn how to apply social activism using social media to raise awareness and support for indigenous human rights in Brazil. We are now staying with the Xukuru and are actively doing service work in a variety of locations that include Xukuru schools, working in distributing organic foods by loading trucks and meeting students in local schools on Xukuru lands. The students are also receiving special lectures by a variety of leaders and local artisans and they are learning the history of the Xukuru's 30 year fight for the return of their traditional lands, formally homologated in 2001. My students will be posting on this blog daily, talking about their impressions, thoughts, ideas, and questions. We hope you will join in the dialogue, and participate with us as we spend the next three weeks with the Xukuru. They are also making a list-serve of universities across the United States with anthropology departments and anthropology clubs in order to make contact with fellow anthropology students. We hope to include them in our experiences here and to exchange information about human rights and indigenous peoples in Brazil and the United States. My students' names are Erin, Shayla, and Beth. Each entry is dated and signed by the student who wrote it.
Posted by Marcia Mikulak - Associate Professor, University of North Dakota Dept. of Anthropology at 2:56 PM