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A future for Amazonia : Randy Borman and Cofán environmental politics

Author: Michael Cepek
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1. edView all editions and formats
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"Blending ethnography with a fascinating personal story, A Future for Amazonia is an account of a political movement that arose in the early 1990s in response to decades of attacks on the lands and peoples of eastern Ecuador, one of the world's most culturally and biologically diverse places. After generations of ruin at the hands of colonizing farmers, transnational oil companies, and Colombian armed factions, the
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Named Person: Randall Borman
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Cepek
ISBN: 9780292739505 0292739508 9780292739499 0292739494
OCLC Number: 939994373
Description: xvi, 256 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction: Cofan Possibilities --
Part I: An Individual and a People --
1. Agency: The Emergence of an Intercultural Leader --
2. Identity: Collectivity and Difference --
3. Value: The Dilemma of Being Cofan --
Part II: An Experiment in Indigenous and Environmental Politics --
4. The NGO: Institutionalizing Activism --
5. The Forest: Collaborating with Science and Conservation --
6. The School in the City: Producing the Cofan of the Future --
Conclusion: A Possible Forest --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: by Michael Cepek.

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"Blending ethnography with a fascinating personal story, A Future for Amazonia is an account of a political movement that arose in the early 1990s in response to decades of attacks on the lands and peoples of eastern Ecuador, one of the world's most culturally and biologically diverse places. After generations of ruin at the hands of colonizing farmers, transnational oil companies, and Colombian armed factions, the indigenous Cofan people and their rainforest territory faced imminent jeopardy. In a surprising turn of events, the Cofan chose Randy Borman, a man of Euro-American descent, to lead their efforts to overcome the crisis that confronted them. Drawing on three years of ethnographic research, A Future for Amazonia begins by tracing the contours of Cofan society and Borman's place within it. Borman, a blue-eyed, white-skinned child of North American missionary-linguists, was raised in a Cofan community and gradually came to share the identity of his adoptive nation. He became a global media phenomenon and forged creative partnerships between Cofan communities, conservationist organizations, Western scientists, and the Ecuadorian state. The result was a collective mobilization that transformed the Cofan nation in unprecedented ways, providing them with political power, scientific expertise, and a new role as ambitious caretakers of more than one million acres of forest. Challenging simplistic notions of identity, indigeneity, and inevitable ecological destruction, A Future for Amazonia charts an inspiring course for environmental politics in the twenty-first century."--

"This book tells how an indigenous Amazonian group formed coalitions with western environmentalists, Randy Borman in particular, to protect their cultural identity and traditional territory"--

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