South BayGeo Meetup Message Board › Indigenous Mapping Network at UCB 10/16 Presentation: Carve the Land, Carve
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The Indigenous Mapping Network, American Indian Graduate Student Association, and Asia Pacific Indigenous Alliance invite you to attend:
"Whakairo te whenua, Whakairo te tangata:
Carve the land, Carve the People"
Dr. Simon J. Lambert- Maori Geographer
Lincoln University, New Zealand
“In this presentation, I explore the geohistory of Maori land use with an emphasis on contemporary challenges. In particular I wish to tease out a relationship between social capital and its connections to socio-ecological resilience, and an explicitly cultural resilience.”
Poster of IMN at UCB 10/16
Through the post-contact history of Māori, the Indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand, runs the history of some of modernity’s most radical technological revolutions. In a little over two centuries, Māori transitioned from a stone-age people through mercantile capitalism and its military accoutrements, fought intensive wars over land and commerce among themselves and with foreign invaders, and survived threats of cultural, even physical, extinction. Recovering through a politico-cultural renaissance in all its artistic and commercial socio-technologies, Māori now engage in corporate ventures that have a significant presence in the agri/aqua-food sectors. Throughout this history, a constant trope of Māori culture and development has been the importance of family and tribal networks of trust, support and guidance. This very traditional social capital has been complemented, challenged and perhaps supplanted by networks that originate with assimilationist and modernising ideologies of colonisation. These hybrid networks now comprise the ‘sociability’ in which Māori individuals and collectives aid and abet their development.
Yet much debate seems to centre on the clear lack of Māori social capital. Standard social indicators continue to communicate the vulnerability of Māori. In the areas of employment, health and education, Māori ‘lag’ behind Pākeha and, more importantly, their own aspirations. While winning many legal, political and commercial battles, Māori collectively experience an uneasy relationship with State and corporate authority. Such dis-ease is now exacerbated by a recession that has seen a rapid increase in Māori unemployment and a corresponding dismantling of many social programmes. Once again, Māori sociability is under threat.
The antidote to this is assumed to be greater/better/more economic development. Strategic eyes turn to Māori agri- and aquacultural development, the ‘sleeping giants’ of New Zealand’s economy which, through antecedent pathways of a Māori presence in primary production, embed pathways to the future. In this presentation, I explore the geohistory of Maori land use with an emphasis on contemporary challenges. In particular I wish to tease out a relationship between social capital and its connections to socio-ecological resilience, and an explicitly cultural resilience.
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LOCATION: 112 Hilgard Hall, UCB, Berkeley, CA 94720
Head east on University, which ends on Oxford. Make a left on Oxford and enter parking lot, by turning right at Berkeley Way, across from Yali's Cafe.
From downtown Berkeley Bart, head east on Center Street. Cross Oxford onto campus. Take semi-circular path that veers to left. Turn right at the West Gate, and walk on the left side of the street. Walk up and onto Wickson Road. Wellman Hall entrance is on the left. Hilgard is on its left.
ALSO, Hilgard Hall is directly in front of Mulford Hall, the location of our previous 3 meetings.
Indigenous Mapping Network meetings at UC-Berkeley convene mapping practitioners, indigenous community members, indigenous rights organizations, researchers, and technology professionals to discuss current issues in indigenous mapping.
Our meetings are intended to create a platform for supporting indigenous mapping collaborations and linking communities with emerging technologies.
Mapping approaches can include thought-maps, performance, materials, as well as GIS, web, and mobile phone technologies.
For more information visit http://indigenousmapp... or contact Sibyl Diver, student chapter president of Indigenous Mapping Network at Berkeley, sdiver at berkeley.edu or Rosemarie McKeon, IMN board member, rosemarie.mckeon at gmail.com