[act-ma] Lecture & book presentation: "Creating Bilingual, Intercultural Indigenous Education in Venezuela's Multicultural State"

omar sierra omarsierra.ven at gmail.com
Sat Oct 18 15:12:30 PDT 2014

Where: Umass Boston, Monday October 20th at 2:00 p.m., in the McCormack
Building, 3rd floor room 0430.

Speaker: Prof. Flor Palmar

Flor Palmar, a Venezuelan educator from the Wayuu Indigenous Nation, is a
leading figure in Venezuela’s effort to develop bilingual, multicultural
education for the nation’s diverse indigenous peoples. Her life and
professional trajectory illustrate one woman’s creative involvement in the
grassroots struggle to develop bilingual indigenous education and
curricula.  Her story reveals challenges, victories and sacrifices and
exemplifies the involvement of indigenous leaders and educators in national
policy inaugurated through the adoption of Venezuela’s new multicultural

About the book:  "*Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History
of Indigenous Education"*

Indian Subjects brings together an outstanding group of scholars from the
fields of anthropology, history, law, education, literature, and Native
studies to address indigenous education throughout different regions and
eras. While histories of the devastating impact of boarding schools—and
Native responses to those schools—have dominated academic and community
views of indigenous educational history (and some appear in this volume, as
well), the valuable lessons from these boarding school histories in the
United States and Canada nonetheless provide a fairly narrow view of
indigenous educational experiences. Indian Subjects pushes beyond that
history toward hemispheric and even global conversations, fostering a
critically neglected scholarly dialogue that has too often been limited by
regional and national boundaries. Many of the contributors to Indian
Subjects tackle educational experiences of their own communities, and all
of them provide insightful analysis of events and structures that need to
be incorporated more fully into the history of indigenous peoples and

Contributors: William J. Bauer Jr., John Borrows, M. Bianet Castellanos,
Brenda J. Child, María Elena García, Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, Laura R.
Graham, Roy M. Huhndorf, Shari M. Huhndorf, Brian Klopotek, K. Tsianina
Lomawaima, Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Flor Ángela Palmar Barroso

-The Institute for New England Native American Studies and Native American
& Indigenous Studies program at UMASS

-Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Boston

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