Sunday, December 20, 2020

Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (UGAT)

UGNAYANG PANG-AGHAMTAO INC. (UGAT)


The Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao Inc. (UGAT), organized in early 1977 and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1979, is the national organization of anthropologists in the Philippines. It is also known as the Anthropological Association of the Philippines. UGAT’s main objectives are:

  • To promote, develop and disseminate anthropological knowledge;

  • To promote, deepen the knowledge, understanding and participation of and among different ethno-linguistic groups in working towards an integrated national consciousness and development;

  • To promote and forge linkages among anthropologists and others doing related work within the country and other parts of the world;

  • To uphold professional ethics.
Since its founding, UGAT has been conducting annual national conferences not only to discuss professional concerns but also to make anthropology more involved in national issues affecting Philippine society and culture.

UGAT is a regular member of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC) and is affiliated with the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES).

Journal Information

Aghamtao is UGAT’s official journal. The journal features selected papers read in annual UGAT conferences. Beginning with its maiden issue in 1978 devoted to a stocktaking of Anthropology in the Philippines, it continues to provide a forum for the “scholarship and the practice of anthropology,” covering such diverse areas as development and sustainability, disaster, ethnicity and national unity, education, and mass movements. Issues of the journal are available at the PSSC Book Center/Central Subscription Service.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

UGAT 33rd Annual Conference Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

UGNAYANG PANG-AGHAMTAO, INC. (UGAT)
Anthropological Association of the Philippines

in partnership with
Central Mindanao University (CMU) and the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC)

33rd Annual Conference
Aghamtaong Kaagapay:
Anthropology Cares for its Publics


Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon
20-22 October 2011


Anthropologists here and abroad have increasingly recognized the urgent need to make anthropological knowledge not only accessible but also instructive to the wider publics to which it should be accountable. This is in part a way to dispel the stereotypical view that anthropologists are simply preoccupied with esoteric, distant, and exotic topics.

Over the years, UGAT has, through its annual conferences and other special projects, managed to set the stage for multi-sectoral participation in the discussion of compelling social, including political and economic, and cultural issues affecting Philippine society. We realize, however, that making anthropology deeply-engaged and relevant in the public interest arena has not been systematically assessed and may leave much to be desired. Anthropologists have yet to actively forge a theory and practice of public anthropology aimed principally at non-academic audiences, one that upholds the transformative potentials of anthropological knowledge.

We have to begin to ask how the current engagement of anthropologists in the public arena through rights-based advocacy, policy-making, institution building, media presence (e.g., television interviews, writing regular newspaper columns), signing in public statements and manifestos, conducting impact assessments, managing museums and cultural events, blogging, and other means of participating in the public sphere, have contributed to the practice of public anthropology in the Philippines that is simultaneously constructive, collaborative, and ethical.

This year’s conference invites paper and panel proposals that will generate innovative analyses and insights into the following topical areas:

•Commentaries on current participation of anthropologists and related practitioners in the public arena
•Development of processes and strategies towards greater visibility of anthropology and anthropologists in the public sphere
•Ways towards ethical collaborative engagements and critique between anthropologists and their publics (e.g., indigenous peoples, migrant communities, media practitioners, policy-makers, government officials, educators, health practitioners, legislators, lawyers, corporate groups, donors, dealer of artefacts, curators, and other interest groups)
•Constructive and collaborative anthropological engagements in knowledge production, application, and dissemination (e.g., census, social policy and program development, public health, disaster management, education, heritage conservation, environmental and social impact assessments)
•Critical reflections on rights/social justice-based community partnerships (e.g., issue-oriented mobilization, community-based development planning, and anthropologist-local actor co-authorship in knowledge production)

The conference welcomes paper proposals addressing issues outside the conference theme for consideration under a session on special topics.

GUIDELINES ON ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

1.Abstracts should strictly be no more than 250 words.
2.Authors must indicate the topical area in which their paper/panel proposals may fall.
3.Abstracts should be written in a style that is accessible to non-academic audiences.
4.Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information (e-mail address, telephone number, and mailing address).
5.Abstracts should be sent to ugat.conference@gmail.com by 15 JULY 2011.
6.For students, please indicate your intent to join the Student Paper Competition. The best entry will be considered for publication in the Aghamtao, the official journal of UGAT.
7.For other inquiries, please contact the UGAT Conference Secretariat at 0917-8452788 (Ms. Acel German)/0906-2285977 (Ms. Lauren Villarama) or e-mail address ugat.conference@gmail.com.

Please visit www.ugat.org.ph

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bontoc Eulogy (1995)

Bontoc Eulogy (1995)

A very interesting re-"visiting" of the St. Louis World Fair of 1904. This makes a very good companion to Benito M. Vergara Jr's Displaying Filipinos: Photography & Colonialism in Early 20th Century Philippines. Please share the link to friends and to those who are interested (especially those who are into anthropology and ethnography).




Marlon E. Fuentes' BONTOC EULOGY is a haunting, personal exploration into the filmmaker's complex relationship with his Filipino heritage as explored through the almost unbelievable story of the 1100 Filipino tribal natives brought to the U.S. to be a "living exhibit" at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. For those who associate the famous fair with Judy Garland, clanging trolleys, and creampuff victoriana, BONTOC EULOGY offers a disturbing look at the cultural arrogance that went hand-in-hand with the Fair's glorification of progress. The Fair was the site of the world's largest ever "ethnological display rack," in which hundreds of so-called primitive and savage men and women from all over the globe were exhibited in contrast to the achievements of Western civilization.

The Manila-born Fuentes explores his complex relationship with his Filipino ancestry by researching the path of Markod, a Bontoc Igorot warrior brought to St. Louis in 1904, never to return home. Using historical data from the Library of Congress and the National Archives, 90-year-old archival footage, and seamless recreations, Fuentes weaves the story of the missing Markod with his own musings on the fate of his ancestral "grandfather" and the whereabouts of his final remains.

Fuentes, who serves as the film's on-screen narrator, quotes a well-known Philippine saying: "He who does not look back from whence he came from will never ever reach his destination." With BONTOC EULOGY, Fuentes has created an insightful and poignant examination of history, family, memory, and cultural loss ³ and a film that speaks to the entire immigrant experience as well as telling one truly unforgettable story.

http://www.itvs.org/external/bontoc/bontoc.index.html


Download Link:

http://www.demonoid.me/files/details/2403204/5668572/

Language: English
Country: Philippines
Color: Black and White
Runtime: 57 mins
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0199372/
Rating: 7.6/10

Director: Marlon Fuentes
Cast:
Marlon Fuentes ... Narrator
Jordan Porter ... Boy with camera
Nicole Antonia ... Girl with camera
Michael Porter ... Boy in mosquito net
Eliseo Bacolod ... Markod (ship)
Enrico Obusan ... Markod (St. Louis)
Fermina Bagwan ... Markod (voice)
Aaron Levinson ... Male announcer

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Proposed Mindanao Panel - An Anthropology of a Marshland Community

PROPOSED PANEL– An Anthropology of a Marshland community
32nd UGAT Annual Conference

Panel Abstract

This panel features three studies conducted in an Agusan Manobo community in Brgy. Mambalili, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. Topics such as anthropology of sago, identity assertion and agricultural rituals are weaved together by focusing on the utilization of food resources in a specific ecological niche.


[PAPER 1]

Heuristic schemas for an anthropology of sago (Metroxylon sagu) in Agusan Marsh (Agusan del Sur, Mindanao)
MJ Paluga, Department of Social Sciences, CHSS, UP Mindanao

Abstract

The paper presents key preliminary results from an anthropological study (UP-Min Anthropology Field School 2010) of sago (Metroxylon sagu) forest and its structural relation to the wider socio-geographic space of Agusan Marsh (central area of study: Mambalili, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur) and some aspects of Agusan Manobo cultural practices. The spatial links of at least three ethno-ecological areas of the Agusan Manobo domain—danao/lake, yumbia/sago forest, pasak/agricultural field—is presented as a heuristic schema that appears to inform much of the enduring livelihood patterns and rhythms of marsh-dwelling Manobos. Highlighting sago as the focal object of this specific anthropological inquiry, the paper also presents a usable approach for an "object-oriented" anthropology.


[PAPER 2]

Netibo lang ang nagakao’g unaw: producing and consuming identity among the Manobo in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.
Jessie G. Varquez, Jr.– UP Mindanao

Abstract

The main thesis of this paper is that there is a discourse of identity formation and assertion in appropriating unaw (local name of sago starch) extracted from a lumbia (sago tree) as a survival food in a predominantly Agusan Manobo community in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. By looking at the production, distribution and consumption of unaw in this community, the paper examines layers of narratives among the Manobo on how they view themselves as the rightful owner of the lumbia forest as part of their ancestral domain thus the right to extract sago starch and the social stigma associated in consuming the extracted sago starch. Queries on consumption, inter-ethnic relations and ecological management of lumbia forest are probed in this study.


[PAPER 3]

Taephag: A Reflection on a Manobo's Concept of Thanksgiving
Raymundo R. Pavo - University of the Philippines Mindanao

Abstract

Taephag is a Manobo ritual exercised before planting and/or harvesting. Interpreted as a spiritual activity, Taephag as an expression of thanksgiving entails a depth of complexity. In this respect, this article seeks to own this query: What is a Manobo's notion of Thanksgiving in relation to Taephag? This is the question which the present article hopes to address. As an initial thesis, we propose that in the Taephag, the Manobo's sense of gratitude is regulated by fear. While a Manobo farmer acknowledges the help of the Nature-Spirits for their permission to use the land and for protecting their crops, the Manobo is also wary that the ritual will not proceed undisturbed and as planned. This worry is based on his fear that the Nature-Spirits will later on inflict sickness/diseases on their families or be the cause of an unsuccessful future harvest. Between gratitude and fear, the Manobo, while engaged in the Taephag, tries to bracket his fear so he can focus on how the ritual should be performed. As he tries to provide a place (the ritual) where the Nature-Spirits can gather, it his sense of fear which secures his courage to persevere. Thus, it may be construed that it is this unique notion of fear which permeates a Manobo's notion of Taephag as thanksgiving.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Re: UGAT 32nd Annual Conference

deAR DR, ABAYA (BOY);

thanks for the quick response - indeed earlier topics reflect the broad interests of the discipline. my suggestion was simply to include an open panel for those participants interested in giving papers that do not fall within the particular conf. theme. i appreciate the significance of this year's theme and look forward to the section on communication strategies since certainly the new media has been a major player in bringing global attention to issues regarding indigeneity. perhaps in the future we can discuss the links between indigeneity and globality,

raul

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Re: UGAT 32nd Annual Conference

Dear Dr. Pertierra,

Thank you for expressing your opinion on the forthcoming UGAT conference. It may interest to know that UGAT in recent years has addressed burning issues swirling around the anthropology of governance, the cities, heritage politics, and globalization. This year's conference is in solidarity with the celebration of the Indigenous Peoples' Month slated in October. Please note that one of the topics to be discussed in the conference deals with "crafting communication strategies for IP rights advocacy", which perhaps might generate interest from you.

Very truly yours,

Eufracio Abaya

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Re: UGAT 32nd Annual Conference

dear dr. abaya & colleagues;

thanks for sending me the program for this year's conference - the topic sounds very interesting but unfortunately i am not currently working in this area. i had inquired earlier if it was possible to suggest other (broader)topics but it seems this is not possible. i accept this limitation even if it means i am unable to participate in the conference. however, from the program, a reader may get the impression that anthropologists only (or mostly) study indigenous, tribal or ethnic cultures. in fact, most anthropologists study mainstream cultures, including urban groups and even technological practices such as mobile phones and the internet. it would indeed be unfortunate if we give the general public the impression that anthropology is mainly the study of exotic peoples. this interest may have been the historic origins of anthropology but the discipline has long since expanded its research orientation, both because exotic peoples are rapidly transforming and going global and because anthropology is ultimately the study of the self (in its many manifestations) as much as, if not more than, the other. fraternal/sororal greetings from an old colleagues -

raul pertierra

UGAT 32nd Annual Conference 2nd Call for Papers

Dear colleagues,

Please find attached the 2nd Call for Papers for the upcoming Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao/Anthropological Association of the Philippines' 32nd Annual Conference entitled "Kalikhasan in Flux: Indigenous Peoples' Creativity in a Changing Natural Environment." The deadline has been extended to August 15, 2010. Please also note the changes in date and venue. The conference will be held on October 20-23, 2010 at Manila Pavilion.

We hope you will be able to disseminate this call to your colleagues.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Eufracio Abaya
Conference Convener

Rosa Castillo
Program Chair

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

UGAT 32nd Annual Conference Call for Papers

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 32nd Annual UGAT Conference with the theme "Kalikhasan in Flux: Indigenous People's Creativity in a Changing Natural Environment." The conference will be held on October 21-23, 2010 at the National Museum.

Please see attached the Call for Papers.

We are looking forward to seeing you again on October 2010.

Sincerely,

Eufracio Abaya
(Executive Director)

Rosa Cordillera Castillo
(Program Chair)

UGAT 32nd Annual Conference Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

UGNAYANG PANG-AGHAMTAO, INC. (UGAT)
Anthropological Association of the Philippines

32nd Annual Conference
KALIKHASAN in Flux:
Indigenous Peoples’ Creativity and the Changing Natural Environment

National Museum
October 2010


Kalikhasan is a coined word that blends likha (creation) with kalikasan (natural environment). It marks out the inseparability of creative practice in the natural environment as well as the natural environment in creative practice. It means that human creativity articulates culture as a dynamic process in which “new meanings, new practices, new significances and experiences are continually created” (Williams 1973), and that the entanglement of culture with the current environmental crisis (e.g., climate change, land conversions, extractive practices of mining, and logging) partly but profoundly sustains such process.

The Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao (UGAT, Inc.), envisions a regional conference revolving around the theme, “Kalikhasan in Flux: indigenous peoples’ creativity in a changing natural environment.” In particular, the conference hopes to generate issues and debates revolving around the:

• effects of environmental crisis on indigenous ecological knowledge systems and practices.

• role played by indigenous peoples’ (IP) creative practices in understanding environmental crisis and its effects on social life.

• current programs and projects addressing the impact of environmental crisis on the systems of cultural production of IPs in Asia and the Pacific.

Indigenous peoples, contemporary artists, cultural workers, academics, and representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations are enjoined to submit paper/poster/ panel proposals tackling any of the following topical areas:

• ritual life and environmental crisis
• art practice and environmental crisis
- “tangible” (weaving, pottery, metal craft, wood carving, etc.)
- “intangible” (oral tradition, music, dance, etc.)
• politicization of culture and environmental crisis
- mobilization against extractive practices affecting the IP’s ancestral domain and its ramifications in IP’s cultural creativity
- indigenous and non-indigenous artists and environmental advocacy
• crafting communication strategies in environmental and IP rights advocacy
• the impact of changing land use patterns on indigenous culture (e.g. displacement due to land conversion and extractive industries)
• the relevance and efficacy of national, regional, and global instruments addressing environmental crisis, specifically those affecting IPs.

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Please note that:

1. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words (this should be strictly observed).
2. Authors must indicate the topic area their paper/poster/panel may fall under.
3. Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information (mailing address, telephone no., mobile phone no., e-mail address). For students, please indicate your intent to join the Student Paper Competition.
4. Abstracts should be sent to aghamtao@ugat.com.ph by 15 JULY 2010.
5. Papers authored by students will be automatically entered in the student paper competition. The winning paper will be considered for publication in the Aghamtao, the official journal of the Anthropological Association of the Philippines.
6. For other inquiries, please contact UGAT at 0918-6989445 or at aghamtao@ugat.org.ph or go to www.ugat.org.ph



Eufracio Abaya
Conference Convenor

Rosa Cordillera Castillo
Program Chair

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Social Impact Assessment Studies in Large Scale Mining Projects in Indigenous Peoples Lands

Dear colleagues,

The Philippine Health Ethics Review Board and Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao cordially invite you to a forum on Social Impact Assessment Studies in Large Scale Mining in Indigenous Peoples Lands: Ethical and Social Challenges. It will be held on September 18, 2009, 1-5pm at the Philippine Social Science Center Library, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City (beside Iglesia ni Cristo).

The forum brings together practitioners of SIA studies, other researchers, ethicists, representatives of relevant government agencies, NGOs and indigenous peoples organization to: (1) thresh out ethical issues in SIA in large scale mining; and (2) identify ways to protect the rights of affected communities as well as the integrity of the social sciences.

Should you wish to attend the forum or require your class to attend, please communicate with Rosa Castillo at rosacordillera@yahoo.com.

For other information regarding UGAT activities please visit our website www.ugat.org.ph.

Sincerely,

UGAT




FORUM POSTER


The Philippine Health Research Ethics Board in cooperation with Ugnayang Pang-Agham Tao- Anthropological Association of the Philippines cordially invite you to a forum on:

Social Impact Assessment Studies in Large Scale Mining Projects
in Indigenous Peoples Lands:
Ethical and Social Challenges


September 18, 2009, 1-5 PM
Philippine Social Science Center Library,
Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City


The forum brings together practitioners of social impact assessment (SIA) studies in large scale mining, other researchers, ethicists, representatives of relevant government agencies, NGOs and indigenous peoples organizations to: (1) thresh out ethical issues in SIA research in large scale mining and; (2) identify ways to protect the rights of affected communities as well as the integrity of the social sciences.

The stakes are high in the revitalized mining sector in the Philippines. It is estimated that the Philippines has $1 trillion worth of unexplored mineral resources. Mining, the centerpiece of the Arroyo administration's economic development plan, is expected to bring billions of pesos in investments and tax shares.

The stakes are high indeed especially for indigenous communities who have to bear the ecological and social costs of mining such as the destruction of environment and its consequent detrimental effects on people’s health, the disintegration of communities and the devastation of livelihood and economic resources. How do communities who become divided into pro- and anti-mining sectors become whole again? How are the rights of people promoted and protected?

Further, there is an emerging concern regarding social research and conflict of interest. What are the responsibilities of social scientists who are commissioned by mining companies to conduct Social Impact Assessment studies, one of the bases for granting an Environmental Clearance Certificate for the operations of a mining company?

The forum hopes to enlighten the participants and to generate ideas for the resolution of the aforementioned issues and concerns.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

UGAT 31st Annual Conference Call for Papers (Extended)

Dear colleagues,

The 2009 UGAT Conference Committee has extended the deadline of the submission of abstracts for the 2009 UGAT Conference with the theme: "The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences" to August 15, 2009.

For inquiries please email aghamtao@ugat.org.ph.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
2009 UGAT Conference Committee

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

UGAT 31st Annual Conference Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

UGNAYANG PANG-AGHAMTAO, INC. (UGAT)
Anthropological Association of the Philippines

31st Annual Conference
The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences
22-24 October 2009
Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City


We are pleased to announce the 31st Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT) Annual Conference entitled "The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences." Urban centers are expanding physically and virtually as new modes of transportation become available and new means of communicating via information technology and mass media reach into the farthest corners of the globe bringing with them new sensibilities, images, and meanings attached to city life. Philippine anthropology has largely focused on rural and indigenous peoples and has neglected to significantly contribute to the discourse on cities. This year's conference aims to bring the study of cities to the forefront: Who makes the city, how, and with what consequences? Inherently this involves state energies as well as the deployment of social, economic, and cultural resources by different interest groups and agents with divergent ends.

The major questions of this year's theme are:

1. When is anthropology?

Putting cities at the forefront of anthropological inquiry may have methodological implications and involve an urgency to reach across other disciplines. Cities had always been made up of diverse people coming from different backgrounds, the city reproduces a fast-paced lifestyle that is often characterized by anonymity, fleeting encounters, rapid exchange of ideas, constant mobility, and porous boundaries as city life spills into the suburban and vice versa. These pose challenges to anthropologists who have long been typecaste as studying rural and indigenous communities whose pace of life and sense of community markedly differ from those in the city. How do anthropologists approach the study of cities? And how can the social science disciplines involved in studying cities effectively converse with each other?

2. What makes a city?

The city as a built environment is also a lived environment. Within a city, enclaves based on such markers as gender, religion, ethnicity, and class put in stark relief the vast heterogeneity of people and, at the same time, these people's need to create a community and assert identity. Thus the city is not only just an environment of built structures that affect human activity; it is also made up of people striving to make sense of the city environment and their place in it. One central question is how Filipinos differentiate the “public” from the “private” sphere. Answering this can unlock various domains. For instance: why streets and sidewalks are privatized, why so-called public transport is decentralized, why buses and trucks are increasingly accident-prone, why privately-owned malls are gaining over plazas and small businesses, why gated subdivisions are better maintained than public parts of the city, or why planning for the city is often ineffectual. The public vs. private dichotomy can be pushed back in time: When and how did the sense of public space emerge? It can be pushed forward: What effect does the narrow sense of public have on our cities’ competitiveness in the world today? It can be used to compare: How has the sense of public gained strength in particular Philippine cities?

3. What are the consequences of the (re)making of cities?

Cities have long been the "center" relative to the rural "periphery." It is the center of commerce, of education, of mass media, of technology, and of politics as well as the consumer of the produce of the rural, and a center where people of divergent backgrounds converge. The city becomes a venue for the playing out of people's differences and similarities and of possibilities of reinventing oneself that engender new forms of culture that may in turn be transmitted to the periphery via the mass media. This is not a one-way street, however, as developments in the rural also often affect and shape the city. What are the consequences of the human agenda and the processes of (re)making cities on both the center and the periphery? Is the rural the only periphery or are there peripheries within the center as well?

With the theme, "The (Re)Making of Cities and its Consequences," UGAT invites panel and paper proposals for the 2009 Annual Conference. Papers and panels are expected to interrogate the processes and consequences of (re)making cities and how cities are studied in anthropology. The main themes include (but are not limited to):

1. Anthropologists in cities: doing ethnographies beyond convention
2. The built and lived environment: disaster management, sustainable cities, ethno-aesthetics, and heritage issues and advocacies
3. Sacred city: city as pilgrimage site
4. Urban folklore and cosmology
5. Private and public space: urban anonymity, urban space as private property
6. The body and the city: regulation of bodies, gendered city, and the creation of ethnic and religious enclaves
7. Exploding the urban-rural divide: diaspora, new media
8. Health and the city: health tourism, psychopathology, the underworld
9. The market city: mall culture, food culture, the tiangge culture
10. Cyber spaces in cities and cities in cyber space

We look forward to the participation of individuals from academic institutions, community-based organizations, and policy agencies.


Sincerely,

2009 UGAT Conference Committee Guidelines for ABSTRACTS



1. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
2. Authors must indicate the theme their paper may fall under.
3. Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation and contact information (mailing address, telephone no., mobile phone no., e-mail address). For students, please indicate your intent to join the Student Paper Competition.
4. Abstracts should be sent to aghamtao@ugat.com.ph by 15 JULY 2008.

Abstracts may be considered for either paper presentation or poster presentation.

Papers authored by students will be automatically entered in the student paper competition. The winning paper will be considered for publication in the AghamTao Journal.

For other inquiries, please contact UGAT aghamtao@ugat.com.ph or go to http://www.ugat.com.ph/

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dialogue on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Environment and Mining Issues: The Western Shoshone Peoples Experience

The Philippine Indigenous Peoples’ Links (PIPLINKS) together with Tebtebba Foundation, Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, Inc.-Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC-KsK) and Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc (UGAT) - Anthropological Association of the Philippines through the support of Broederlijk Delen cordially invites you to a forum:

Dialogue on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Environment and Mining Issues:
The Western Shoshone Peoples Experience


The forum will commence with the film showing of "Our Land, Our Life: The Struggle for Western Shoshone Land Rights" which tackles the long struggle for land of the Western Shoshone of Nevada against the US government and mining companies. A discussion will then follow with Julie Cavanaugh Bill, the lawyer of the Western Shoshone Defense Project and Larson Bill, a Shoshone leader, as well as the sharing of experiences from two Philippine indigenous groups, and reactions from UGAT and a support group.

The Western Shoshone has a long history of struggle against mining on their lands. Their concerns have included the activities of Barrick Gold, formerly Placer Dome, who operate the Cortez mine on Shoshone land. The Shoshone have successfully taken their case to the Inter American Court of Human Rights and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which has helped raise their concerns to the highest levels. However they remain, as yet, unable to gain justice, adequate redress or respect for their wishes. Along with other prominent cases of injustice against First Nations these matters are currently being raised both in the US Courts and in talks with the new US administration.

The Western Shoshone case reveals clearly the international nature of the suffering of indigenous peoples at the hands of large-scale mining development. It belies the idea that the Philippines is an isolated or exceptional victim of the global mining industry. Their case has been documented in a film prepared with the support of Oxfam USA . Representatives of the Western Shoshone are experienced in the international indigenous peoples movement. They have presented their case in different fora and used their film in presentations and discussions with audiences in the US and internationally.

Program:

Film Showing
Discussion of the film
Sharing of experiences from two Philippine indigenous groups
Reactions from Ugnayang Pang-AghamTao, Inc (UGAT) and a support group

Date: 22 March 2009 (Sunday)
Time: 2-5 pm
Venue: Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman

Monday, March 9, 2009

A New Home for UGAT

A New Home for UGAT

Finally, UGAT has its own domain. Here's the new official home page of Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc.

Visit http://www.ugat.org.ph/