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Historically, indigenous people around the globe were denied citizen rights. Instead, they were left out, put into territories, enslaved and killed. Today, with the environmental crisis and the crisis of the Northern, industrialized way of living, many doubtful and critical minds see them as the keepers of an ancient knowledge that must be preserved and rehatched as part of the cultural heritage of those nations and cultures that colonised them. How do indigenous populations themselves react to this situation, how do their representatives speak out and fight for them on an international level? Irène Bellier, who has been working as a researcher for multinational organisations and participated in multiple debates and negotiations on the rights of indigenous people for a long time (such as U.N. meetings), underlines their difference. The only thing they have in common with us is their modernity – and their capacity to live, act and decide differently. How will modern societies face these legacies and potentials, without confining them once more to museums or touristic sites?

expert

  • Irène Bellier

date

21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is a political anthropologist and research director at the CNRS. As a specialist of indigenous people’s movements in the world, she developed comparative analyses and identified a series of crucial issues regarding cultural diversity, the right to live differently and resistance to neo-liberal capitalism.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
— PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

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