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

NYAS Lecture Series
March 27, 2017

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Join us Monday, March 27th at 6:30PM, when the New York Academy of Sciences, Anthropology Section's Lecture series continues with this presentation by Dr. Glenn H. Shepard, Jr. (Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi in Brazi) and Dr. Janet Chernela from University of Maryland serving as Discussant.  Please note: you must pre-register to attend this event.


The Peru-Brazil border region harbors perhaps the world’s largest remainingrefuge for isolated indigenous peoples, sometimes referred to as “uncontactedtribes.” Over the past few years, an increasing intensity of sightings, encountersand conflicts as well as sensational international media coverage has raisedinternational awareness about their status, their unique vulnerabilities and thegrowing threats to their territories and ways of life. This presentation piecestogether what little is known about the cultural history of isolated indigenouspeoples in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, separates fact from fiction inpopular media representations about them, analyzes their rapidly evolvinginteractions with outsiders, and weighs the complex opportunities and threatsthey face over the next decade.


All talks in this series take place at the Wenner-Gren Foundation Building, 470 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor, New York (at 32nd Street).

A dinner and wine reception will precede the talk: Buffet dinner at 5:45PM. ($20 contribution for dinner guests/free for students). Lectures begin at 6:30 PM and are free and open to the public, but registration is required

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