[act-ma] 09/12 Yanomami Fire “Iwariwe” comes to UMASS Boston

omar sierra omarsierra.ven at gmail.com
Fri Sep 7 10:38:26 PDT 2012

Iwariwe, Yanomami art and traditions relating to the origin of Fire.
September 12 -28. Healey Library 5th floor.

Opening events: Wednesday September 12th
Roundtable discussion
Center for Library Instruction
Healey Library, 4-015, 4:00pm

Reception Healey Library
5th floor, 5:00pm
UMASS Boston,
100 William T Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Yanomami artist Sheronawe Hakihiiwe in attendance.

Whether in the lands of the Yanomami, or the indigenous peoples of
what is now Boston, the arrival of fire is an epic and mythic event,
linked to the origins of human innovation and creativity. Iwariwë: The
Origin of Fire Amongst Men, recounts this seminal event through
community art, producing a book designed to both preserve and educate
others about customary Yanomami life ways. The Yanomami are a group of
indigenous people who live in the Amazon rainforest along the border
between Venezuela and Brazil.

This exhibit represents far more than just a display of ethnographic
items produced by indigenous peoples from another hemisphere. It is a
combination of traditional knowledge and modern methodologies for
education, as well as a collaboration between the first peoples of a
place and contemporary scholars from Venezuela's  IDEA Foundation who
appreciate a deep connection to their shared home. As such, it is
fitting that the Institute for New England Native American Studies and
the Native American and Indigenous Studies program provide a warm
welcome for Iwariwë to UMass Boston, where we also seek to connect
indigenous peoples with university research, innovation, and

For more information, please contact Dr. Cedric Woods, Director for
INENAS, Cedric.Woods at umb.edu or Dr. Josh Reid, Director for NAIS
Josh.Reid at umb.edu.


CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela
S.A., Fundación Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA), Consulate
General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston,
Venezuelan Sounds Foundation.

UMass Boston: Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community
Development and Public Policy, Institute for New England Native
American Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies Program, Latino
Studies program, and Office of International and Transnational

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