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Introducing Diana Taylor

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On Friday February 28, our conference opens with a keynote address from Diana Taylor.  Is it enough for us to tell you that her work and her writing have been instrumental in helping us at Aluna understand our place and role in our culture(s)?  Who is this amazing thinker?  Brian Batchelor returns to offer us an introduction: Read more on “Introducing Diana Taylor” »

Sin Maíz No Hay Vida (Without Corn There Is No Life) – a report from Chiapas by Brian Batchelor

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On August 14, 2013, a press release from Monsantoglobal.com announced to media outlets across the world that Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture (SAGARPA) had approved permits for the company to plant more than a quarter-of-a-million hectares of GMO corn across Mexico. The release also announced two Monsanto-funded cultural initiatives Read more on “Sin Maíz No Hay Vida (Without Corn There Is No Life) – a report from Chiapas by Brian Batchelor” »

Carlos Gonzalez-Vio on translation and the study of languages

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The question as to why I enjoy the study of languages can be answered in a few different ways. I was born in Toronto to spanish-speaking parents, who had only been in Canada for 6 years at that point. At that time, their english was a work-in-progress, therefore my first words as a toddler were in Spanish and English was a language that was eventually integrated by going to school and frankly, Sesame Street. Read more on “Carlos Gonzalez-Vio on translation and the study of languages” »

Once in a hundred years in the Amazonic Triangle

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Beatriz Pizano delivers her report from the Amazon jungle in this short photo essay, taken this past August. Pizano participated in a magical event: for the first time in a hundred years, the Ticuna of Puerto Nariño have openly held a traditional ceremony  where three year olds are introduced to The Dance of the Spirits, and a girl’s ears are pierced.  Until now, missionary Evangelists had declared this rite of passage to be diabolical and heretical.

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