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Oct
4
2021

THE MURA INDIGENOUS AND THEIR FIGHT TO PROTECT THE AMAZON FROM DEFORESTATION

When: Monday, October 4, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cindy Pingry   847.467.1933

Group: Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group

Category: Academic

Description:

The Mura indigenous people from Brazil swore to drop the last drop of their blood to protect the Amazon rainforest from president Jair Bolsonaro and his environmental policies that have emboldened loggers, farmers, cattle ranchers and miners to strip and burn protected and unprotected indigenous land in the Amazon.  The destruction of the rainforest will release enormous quantities of greenhouse gasses with carbon dioxide emissions turning the rainforest into a savanna. We are only 5% away from reaching that point.  The ancestral Mura indigenous who fought and contained the Portuguese church and the conquistadores are now defending the Lungs of the Earth, the Amazon, their traditional territory from deforestation.

About the speaker:

Alexandra McNichols-Torroledo is a Colombian-American photographer who specializes in environmental issues and megaprojects that are affecting indigenous communities in South and North America. Her articles, photographs and investigations have been published in the newspapers The Guardian (UK), EL Espectador (Colombia), Trib-Star (Terre Haute) and the magazines Semana Sostenible (Colombia) and Terre Haute Living (USA). She has published four books, her work has been exhibited and lectured in America, Colombia and Dominican Republic. Alexandra graduated from Indiana State University with an MFA on Photography and MA on Hispanic Literature. She has a BA in Communications and Journalism from Universidad Externado de Colombia, her native country. She has taught photography and alternative photographic processes in Colombia and in America, she lives in Terre Haute.

 

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