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WGF Symp 135 Group Photo
Front Row: R. Fox, E. Yeh, A. Baviskar, M. de la Cadena, V. Lambert, P. Smith. Back Row: F. Merlan, A. Tsing, C. Briones, K. Hetherington, J. Cruikshank, M. Bigenho, L. Schein, O. Starn, L. Tuhiwai Smith, M.L. Pratt, M. Brown, J. Clifford, F. Nyamnjoh.

March 18 - 25, 2005
Hotel Villa Luppis, Pordenone, Italy

PUBLICATION: Indigenous Experience Today (Marisol de la Cadena and Orin Starn, Eds.), Berg, Oxford, 2007.


bookcoverAmita Baviskar (University of California-Berkeley, USA)
Michelle Bigenho (Hampshire College, USA)
Claudia Briones (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Michael F. Brown (Williams College, USA)
James Clifford (University of California-Santa Cruz, USA)
Julie Cruikshank (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Marisol de la Cadena, organizer (University of California-Davis, USA)
Richard Fox (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Kregg Hetherington (University of California, Davis, USA)
Valerie Lambert (University of North Carolina, USA)
Francesca Merlan (Australian National University)
Francis Nyamnjoh (CODESRIA, Senegal)
Mary Louise Pratt (New York University, USA)
Louisa Schein (Rutgers University, USA)
Paul Chaat Smith (National Museum of the American Indian, USA)
Orin Starn, organizer (Duke University, USA)
Anna Tsing (University of California-Santa Cruz, USA)
Linda Tuhiwai Smith (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Emily Yeh (University of Colorado, USA)

Final Report

This symposium focused on the theme of indigenous experience in the world today. Most observers, including anthropologists, believed that native peoples would vanish with modernity's advance. Instead many tribal groups have survived into the 21st century, from Australian aborigines and New Zealand Maori to Native Americans in this country. Our symposium drew together a diverse group of scholars to examine the nature of indigenous culture and politics – and how they should be best understood – in various places worldwide. Together we were able to explore parallels and linked histories in the trajectory of modern native survival and resurgence.