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We Are Treaty People – a conference report by Sasha Kovacs


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On March 1 2014 I chaired a panel as part of the Panamerican Routes Festival Conversatorio series about treaty number nine. This panel was titled “Restaging Treaty: Embodied Memories, Written Records and Living Archives.” It featured contributions from playwright Falen Johnson, lawyer Murray Klippenstein, author John Long, elder Grafton Antone, and the conversatorio audience. Here are some memories, thoughts, and further theorizations that emerge in the wake of that discussion. Read more on “We Are Treaty People – a conference report by Sasha Kovacs” »

Sowing Social Justice – by Shelley Liebembuk


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Sowing Social Justice: Fighting GM-Corn with Creative Activism
By Shelley Liebembuk

The inspiring conversatorio panel discussion on “Maiz(e) in the Americas: tradition, big agriculture, and resistance” brought together impassioned activists, scholars, and artists—many of whom are all three—to address the dire socio-political impact of genetically modified corn throughout the Americas and speak about their own daring social justice interventions. Read more on “Sowing Social Justice – by Shelley Liebembuk” »

Introducing Diana Taylor



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 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” »