This essay examines how environmental activists in northern Europe relate to indigenous peoples in their political activism, focusing on the role of visual culture and the performance of identity in resource conflicts. I analyze the use of images of the noble and ecological Indian in environmental campaigns, and the images help me to think more broadly about translation, imitation, and cultural appropriation in campaigning. The examples—the international Yasuní campaign aimed at generating support for a proposal of leaving oil in the ground under the Yasuní National Park in Ecuador and German anti-mining activism in the Rhine-Ruhr district—are drawn from a larger project on comparison in activism and ontological conflicts over forests...
Who Cares for the Land? Indigeneity and Radical Environmental Activism in Translation
Stine Krøijer—is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. She has written on political activism and resource conflicts in northern Europe and South America, among others in Figurations of the Future: Forms and Temporalities of Left Radical Politics (Berghahn Books, 2015). Mike Kollöffel is an independent photographer, whose work on indigenous peoples' rights includes Widows—Voices from Guatemala 2008–9. The two have collaborated on exhibition projects including Amazon Trails (The Danish Workers Museum, 2012–13) and Forest of Mirrors (COP21, Paris 2015; SAK 2018; Weltmuseum Vienna, June 2019).
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Stine Krøijer; Who Cares for the Land? Indigeneity and Radical Environmental Activism in Translation. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 1 October 2019; 1 (4): 105–112. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/lavc.2019.140010
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