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Close Encounters: The Dilemmas of Contact for Isolated Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon

Close Encounters: The Dilemmas of Contact for Isolated Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wenner Gren Foundation

Presented By

Anthropology Section

 

The Peru–Brazil border region harbors perhaps the world's largest remaining refuge for isolated indigenous peoples, sometimes referred to as "uncontacted tribes." Over the past few years, an increasing intensity of sightings, encounters and conflicts as well as sensational international media coverage has raised international awareness about their status, their unique vulnerabilities and the growing threats to their territories and ways of life. This presentation pieces together what little is known about the cultural history of isolated indigenous peoples in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, separates fact from fiction in popular media representations about them, analyzes their rapidly evolving interactions with outsiders, and weighs the complex opportunities and threats they face over the next decade.

Buffet Dinner at 5:45 pm ($20 contribution for dinner guests / free for students).

Lecture begins at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public.

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Meeting Location

The Wenner-Gren Foundation

470 Park Avenue South, between 31st and 32nd Streets
8th Floor
New York, NY 10016