Friday, February 5, 2016

Study Conservation and Indigenous Peoples in Brazil this Summer!

Join us this summer in Brazil for a once in a lifetime experience where you will learn from local communities what obstacles and opportunities lie ahead for sustainable Amazonian futures. You will begin the course in the city of Maraba, and then travel by private bus through the Amazon frontier to the town of Tucuma, where the local Kayapo organization “Protected Forest Association” is based. From Tucuma, the group will fly by air taxi to the Kayapo village of A’Ukre. In Maraba and Tucuma you will witness the processes of deforestation, road-building, and urbanization that grip the Amazon and challenge the Kayapo as they work to protect their lands and culture.
For most of the program, you will explore the role of indigenous peoples in conservation and development in a highly threatened Amazonian environment by:
  • Living with the Kayapo, an Amazonian indigenous group, in one of their villages (A’Ukre) to learn about Kayapo traditional culture and subsistence livelihood, and
  • Camping at the Pinkaiti biological station to learn about tropical forest ecology. 
Anthropologists, tropical biologists and Kayapo instructors accompany and teach this course based in the village of A’Ukre and Pinkaiti forest camp.
This is an intense 3 week, 6-credit general education cultural competence ethnographic field methods course that combines anthropological approaches to indigenous rights, development and conservation with perspectives from tropical forest ecology. Readings and course material will include samples from conservation biology, cultural anthropology as well as other academic disciplines. 
After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following six (6) credit UMD courses:
  • ANTH498C Advanced Field Training in Ethnography: Brazil: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (6 credits). This course is approved for Cultural Competence and Scholarship in Practice in General Education credits.
  • ANTH238B or AMST269B Topics in Study Abroad II: Lived Existence: Perspective in Native American Identity (6 credits)
  • ANTH698C Advanced Field Training in Ethnology: Brazil: Ethnographic Fieldwork (6 credits)
  • LASC448F Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Brazilian Ethnography (3 credits) & LASC448G Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (3 credits)
The courses your complete during this program will count as resident credit.
Learn more here.  Application deadline is March 1!