Indigenous Forest People In Latin America: Who Saves the Canopy and its Denizens?

Museum Club recording: “Indigenous Forest People In Latin America: Who Saves the Canopy and its Denizens?”

w/ Dr. Anthony Stocks, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Idaho State University

For his doctoral dissertation, he lived for several years with his wife and their baby in the upper Amazon basin with a group of indigenous people while he studied their ecology. In his 27 years at ISU, he was gone for 13 of them while continuing his studies and providing technical support for indigenous land claims in South and Central American tropical forests. He has continued to do so in the 17 years after leaving ISU. He has collaborated with a number of environmental groups interested in saving the forests, but who know little or nothing about indigenous people who live there and how their own ecology protects the animals under the canopy, and indeed the forest itself. His thesis is that if we want to save tropical forests for carbon capture we should title them to indigenous groups and help them protect the forests. March 7, 2024.

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