The 43rd Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology in Cedar City, Utah, May 13–16, 2020
This workshop is led by Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology Abelardo de la Cruz who is a native speaker of Nahuatl from México. Abelardo invites you to learn the language of his ancestors from Mexico (Aztec people).
In this session, participants will have their first exposure to the Nahuatl language via face-to-face learning. This is the variety from the municipality of Chicontepec, in the Huasteca region of northern Veracruz, Mexico. This class covers an introduction at the beginner level.
Overall, this workshop course will allow the participant to master basic Nahuatl. Therefore, in this workshop, participants will practice situations such as how to introduce himself/herself, how to introduce another person, how to say what the student likes or dislikes and other related topics.
Minimum # participants: 10
Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand use the concept of Kaitiakitanga to articulate Māori environmental stewardship. It encapsulates traditional values to ensure an ethical relationship with the natural world. Through narratives, place and ideas of kinship, kaitiakitanga has become a pivotal concept for Māori in resource management within New Zealand.
Limited information is available on how kaitiakitanga is applied in the urban space. Its relevance becomes more important as 80% of Māori now reside in New Zealand’s urban centres. As we move further into the 21st century indigenous concepts of environmental protection are needed around the world to contribute towards the growing response to environmental degradation.
This workshop aims to increase participants' understanding of this indigenous value and the complexities in its application. The workshop will focus on providing participants with the opportunity to learn about kaitiakitanga and the different components that make up this concept. By using real-world examples, the workshop will develop participants' views of kaitiakitanga and encourage them to consider engagement with this concept and other indigenous models of environmental protection. This will encourage participants to consider creating action plans to implement into their own restoration projects.