Indigenous resistance to mining in Mexico: Sacred history and discursive positioning of the Wixarika (Huichol) people Paull Liffman Colegio de Michoacán Thursday, February 12 3:30PM Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd Floor Conference Room, SRH 1.208 Paul Liffman is a professor of anthropology at the Colegio de Michoacán (Mexico). His earlier work was as a consultant and translator at the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC) with Wixarika (Huichol) community elders and museum staff as they designed the Wixarika territory and history exhibit. He has done fieldwork with Huichols since 1990, partly in collaboration with a Mexican NGO as an expert witness on land rights cases. The territorial model that emerged from that multi-sited research is discussed in his book Huichol Territory and the Mexican Nation (Arizona, 2011) and other publications. His current work addresses the shifting identities and scalar relations to space and climate as Huichols and their allies confront transnational mining projects in their ceremonial territory of Wirikuta in the San Luis Potosí desert.
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