Indigenous Peoples Day: 'Kawsak Sacha: The Living Forest'

Sarayaku is an indigenous Kichwa community from a remote part of Ecuador’s southern Amazon. In 2016, the community presented a bold proposal that aims not only to protect their own 135,000 hectares of pristine rainforest, but to protect indigenous territories worldwide. The proposal, the Kawsak Sacha Declaration, seeks to promote the indigenous worldview, which sees nature as a living entity, to be respected and coexisted with. The Sarayaku believe that a shift towards this perspective could be the key to mitigating the unfolding global environmental crisis. The Kawsak Sacha Living Forest Declaration (LFD) is a counterproposal to the prevailing extractivist model that has already wrought untold damage in Ecuador’s northern Amazon and around the world. It describes the rainforest as a living entity with consciousness, constituted by all the beings within it, including those from the animal, vegetable, mineral, spiritual and cosmic worlds. Though it was born from the indigenous cosmovision, the Declaration is a concrete proposal based on existing national and international law. In this session, we will discuss this proposal with special guests, and present the video documentary Kawsak Sacha: Canoe of Life, produced by Kichwa filmmaker Eriberto Gualinga, who will be joining us at the session.



Indigenous People’s Day: Confronting Colonialism, Climate Change and Columbus

An all-day exploration of the global indigenous movement and its centuries-long struggle for the defense of territory, culture, and the environment. From Standing Rock to the Amazonian Rainforest, indigenous communities are at the forefront of today’s most important campaigns to confront extractive industries to protect sacred spaces and human rights. The day’s events include interactive panels, video screenings, and in-depth presentations from some of the leading voices in these movements, including Amalia Córdova, the Latinx digital curator and acting chair of research and education at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Tiokasin Ghosthorse, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota and an international speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective. 

Presented by the Center for Civic Engagement in collaboration with the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Hofstra Cultural Center. 


Date: Monday, October 14, 2019

Time: 12:50-2:30 p.m.

Location: Room 211 Breslin Hall, South Campus


This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.

Monday, October 14, 2019



Breslin Hall
Breslin Hall
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