Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine

When Parks Encroach Upon People: Expanding National Parks in the Rusitu Valley, Zimbabwe

When Parks Encroach Upon People: Expanding National Parks in the Rusitu. Valley, Zimbabwe

Voices from the Commons: Evolving Relations of Property and Management

From the late 1960s, the word, "commons," in the U.S. and other parts of the Western world has been associated with a phrase that has taken on epic proportions: "the tragedy of the commons." In popular parlance the "commons" is linked with environmental degradation and irresponsible use.

The Seventh Rainbow: Hope from the Mountains of Southeast Mexico

On January 3, a week before beginning a third round of negotiations with the Mexican government, the Zapatista Liberation Army convened a National Forum on Indigenous Rights.

The Honey Bee Network: Voices from Grassroots Innovators

An assumption behind most approaches to the alleviation of poverty is that poor people are too poor to be able to think and plan on their own. The result is that most interventions are designed by others: civil servants, technocrats and NGOs.

The Chinchero Culture Project

For the past twenty-six years, Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez has been involved in many aspects of weaving, including spinning, weaving, knitting, braiding, and dying. In 1981 Nilda was invited by Cultural Survival to give weaving demonstrations and exhibitions in the United States. Four years later, she returned to lead workshops and give lectures across the country.

The Broken Hoe: Cultural Reconfiguration in Biase Southeast Nigeria

The Broken Hoe is several books in one. It is testament to the concern and frustration of Nigerians with the failure of modern Nigeria and high price rural communities have paid for that failure. It is an autobiography about a journey from the village to a career beyond graduate studies in the U.S.

Sanuma Memories: Yanomami Ethnography in Times of Crisis

Sanumá Memories: Yanomami Ethnography in Times of Crisis.

Reclaiming the Commons: Grassroots Resistance and Retaliation in Honduras

At the time of the Spanish Conquest, southern Honduras was a culturally diverse area, home to a number of distinct indigenous peoples. According to chroniclers of the sixteenth century, "more people than hairs on all the deer" utilized the rich volcanic soils along the Pacific Coast, cultivating corn, beans and squash, and supplementing their diets with chilies, peanuts, fruits and turkeys.

Pastoralism and the Demise of Communal Property in Tanzania

The Usangu Plains in southwestern Tanzania are the homelands of the Sangu peoples (of Bantu origins), who maintained a thriving pastoral economy until recently. Today, very few Sangu own livestock and most have become rice cultivators. In 1990 I went to Usangu to study this transformation out of pastoralism.

Indigenous People and Democracy in Latin America

The naming of peoples is an act of power.

Indigenous Initiatives and Petroleum Politics in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Along with 250 other lowland Indians, Marta Gualinga trekked through the rainforest for there days before reaching Villano - the site of ARCO's exploratory wells. Lowland Quichua representing 133 indigenous communities throughout Ecuador's central Amazonian province of Pastaza gathered for an assembly called by OPIP (Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Pastaza).

Gwich'in Environmental Knowledge Project

The Gwich'in Environmental Knowledge Project (GEKP) collects information on traditional environmental knowledge (TEK), spiritual beliefs, and ethical principles of the Gwich'in Nation.

Fields of Memories as Everyday Resistance

Given an agricultural system that relies on streamlining for greater efficiency and profit as exists in most countries today, one is left with "reak-guard" options for safeguarding plant diversity, until such a time that people again come to realize its importance, and opt for a drastic change in priorities. One strategy pursued by both national and international ties.

Editorial - Voices from the Commons: Evolving Relations of Property and Management

When Spain's American colonies seized their independence, Simon Bolivar emerged as the leader of a sprawling new nation known as Gran Colombia, covering the territories of what are now Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.

CSQ Department Highlight: Curriculum Resources Program on Indigenous Peoples

CSQ Department Highlight: Curriculum Resources Program on Indigenous. Peoples

Brazilian Presidential Decree 1775 Poses Threat

The signing of Decree 1775 by Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso on Jan. 8 of this year marked a dramatic reversal of Brazilian policy toward the protection of human rights of indigenous peoples and the natural environment throughout the country, but especially in the Amazon region where most indigenous lands are located.

Addressing Resource Management Concerns of the Indigenous Communities in Palawan

Addressing Resource Management Concerns of the Indigenous Communities in. Palawan

A Voice from Deer Creek

Tucked away in the foothills near the floor of the Sacramento Valley in Northern California is a small community of ranchers who have preserved their ownership of the land and their way of life, almost intact from the nineteenth century.

"Women and Children First": Fishery Collapse and Women in Newfoundland and Labrador

Fish have been fundamental to the society and economy of Atlantic Canada. In recent years, six cod stocks have collapsed and such species as American plaice, flounder, grey sole and turbot have been massively over-fished. Since 1992, the number have been massively over-fished.

Sri Lanka's Forests: Conservation of Nature versus People

As the clock struck the midnight hour on November 9, 1983, the traditional way of life of the indigenous group, Wanniya-Laeto (Veddahs), the last hunters and gatherers of Sri Lanka, became a criminal offense in that country. These forest people, who occupied the dry-zone monsoon forest lands from 28,500 B.P.

Ogoni Battle Shell Oil

In November 1995 Kenule Saro-Wiwa and eight young Ogoni men were executed by the Nigerian government. While accused by Nigeria's military regime of murdering several of their rivals last May, Saro-Wiwa has led a nonviolent opposition to oil exploitation by Shell since 1958.