Indigeneity and the Sacred

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Indigeneity.pngA new book on sacred natural sites, Indigeneity and the Sacred: Indigenous Revival and the Conservation of Sacred Natural Sites in the Americas, was recently published by Berghahn Books:

The conservation of sites that indigenous people hold sacred has taken urgency as globalization and population growth increased demands for resources in the mountains of the Western Hemisphere.  Fausto O. Sarmiento, a professor of Geography and director of the Neotropical Montology Collaboratory, and Sarah Hitchner, an adjunct professor in Anthropology and assistant research scientist at the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, coedited a book presenting current research in the political ecology of indigenous revival and its role in nature conservation in the Americas, exploring the struggles for land rights and political power embedded in mountainscapes with reconstituted identity, as globalizing forces simultaneously threaten and promote the notion of indigeneity.

Congratulations to the co-editors Sarmiento and Hitchner for their work on this important new multidiscipinary scholarship in the evolving field of conservation of sacred natural sites.