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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Local Nature Using in the 21st ctntury: Global Responsibility and Solidarity [Commission on the Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 2.104

Anthropologists and other scholars have documented very different views of human relationships with nature in different societies with diverse cultures. Indigenous people have been displaced by immigrants with a different survival strategy who have destroyed the nature on which the local people survived. They had used their environment carefully and preserved it for generations. International law supports the claims of indigenous people to their territories and resources, which are sought after by powerful corporations and their governmental supporters. Quite often new technologies assist actively in producing great changes in local landscape and biodiversity, in the areas involved into process of industrial reconstruction. The cultures of local indigenous people support not just their own lives but also all the rest of peoples by taking care of the survival of the environments that they protect. Anthropologists can help to sustain the environment by solidarity with indigenous people and their environments with education but also with international law. In this panel, both theoretical and empirical papers will discuss perspectives on the realization of a process of education on Sustainability for reducing risks in strategies of Nature-Society relationships.


  • P 4.1
    • Dr. Rudnev, Viacheslav (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology)
    • Dr. Billings, Dorothy (Wichita State University)
  • P 4.2
    • Dr. Rudnev, Viacheslav (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology)
    • Dr. Billings, Dorothy (Wichita State University)

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Shifting cultivation is one of the very first forms of agriculture practiced by indigenous communities and its survival into the modern world suggests that it is a flexible and highly adaptive means of production. It is an agricultural system in which plots of land are cultivated temporarily, then abandoned and allowed to revert to their natural vegetation while the cultivator moves on to another ... More
Presented by Dr. Sushree Sangita MOHANTY on 28/8/2019 at 12:20
Nearly 40 years ago, this author inherited 80 acres of dryland farming in an area of Western Kansas where the annual rainfall is 23 inches per year. This land has never been irrigated and in today’s market if it were for sale, would sell for about 3 times less than land that is irrigated. The question here can be raised as to why become involved in dryland farming contrasted to using irrigation ... More
Presented by Dr. Ethel VESPER
Traditionally the forest has a great complicated role as a being of human society. From generation to generation many peoples in different areas of the Earth used the forest as a place for leaving and a resource for carrying out their life-support activity. The forest gave wood for constructing houses, food for life and plants for medical treatment. As a result, the forest was not only an importan ... More
Presented by Dr. Viacheslav RUDNEV on 28/8/2019 at 12:00
Indigenous Women's Health Knowledge Human biology has cast women in care giving roles (parturition, nourishment, safeguarding infants and children, and often caring for the ill) in their familial, tribal and wider communities. Keen observation led to the acquisition and use of various remedies derived from the surrounding ecosystems, and to a division between providing physical remedies versu ... More
Presented by Leslie PAGE on 28/8/2019 at 14:25
The author speaks about the Russian Model of the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) as the methodology to review the social effects of infrastructure projects and otherdevelopment interventions. Social impact assessment includes the processes of analyzing, monitoring and managing the intended and unintended social consequences, both positive and negative, of planned interventions (policies, programs, ... More
Presented by Prof. Marina MARTYNOVA on 28/8/2019 at 11:40
As elder said “disease or illness affects all of us, not just the one person”. The medicine is to prevent such or to bring that harmony and balance back to the circle. All plants, trees, and natural substance are grouped in four directions of a medicine wheel, which becomes a guide for healers. Then healers ask the plants a permission to use them as to treat people. Healing is no ... More
Presented by Dr. Zhanna PATAKY on 28/8/2019 at 14:05
In traditional Anthropology garbage is seen as a way of tracing territorial boundaries for a specific social community.1 In the 21st century when ecological problems become more challenging, the problem of waste utilization came to a different level. Now it is not only within the scope of responsibility of a specific local community, but a part of global responsibility in the process of recreation ... More
Presented by Prof. Valeria VASILKOVA on 28/8/2019 at 14:45
The territory of the ancient municipality of Sauze di Cesana, in the upper Susa Valley, province of Turin. This alpine zone lies within the Occitan Valleys of Piedmont, where autochthonous languages ascribed to the Occitan language, as defined under Italian Law 482/1999, are spoken. The good practices and living customs of the herders of Sauze were presented at the MILAN EXPO 2015. Particularly ap ... More
Presented by Prof. Renata FRECCERO on 28/8/2019 at 13:45
In recent years the long occupation by indigenous peoples of particular locales , which they see as home and as the resting places of ancestors, has brought them public attention in the industrialized world, and has attracted environmentalists to learn from them This collaboration has sometimes been successful, and sometimes divisive; because people define sustainability in different ways, dependi ... More
Presented by Prof. Dorothy BILLINGS on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
The Nordic Saami Convention of 2017, entered into between Sweden, Norway and Finland, was written to protect the rights of the Saami, a cross-national indigenous peoples, whose principal livelihood is reindeer husbandry. The Convention contains 51 articles which mandate greater autonomy for the Saami people in decision making with respect to their land, resources and preservation of traditional ... More
Presented by Dr. James PHILLIPS on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
The ecological culture of rural residents of Siberian villages remains an unexplored topic. The question is how has the attitude towards the natural environment and ways of exploiting natural resources changed since the time of the resettlement of Russians and other East Slavic peasants to the Siberian region, i.e. over 300 years. Field studies show that the formation of environmental management t ... More
Presented by Dr. Elena FURSOVA on 28/8/2019 at 15:05
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