Advocacy Organizations and Information Resources
Online Sources for Academic Information About Indigenous People in Lowland South America
Note: Many websites for groups listed under Advocacy Organizations & Information Resources provide educational materials. For Brazil, the Instituto Socio-Ambiental (ISA) offers extensive information about specific native communities, issues, and policies. For information on recent events, see News posts, or search by keyword in the Search box on the Home page.The inclusion of organizations and websites here does not imply any formal endorsement of these groups nor of the political perspectives or positions that they advocate.
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- Scientific Electronic Library Online: A portal for a wide variety of international scientific journals, presented in full-text form and free of charge. Focuses on Latin American journals. Of interest to SALSA members will be Brazilian journals Horizontes Antropológicos; Mana-Estudos de Antropologia; and Revista de Antropologia Social; and two Chilean journals, Chungará-Revista de Antropología Chilena, and Universum-Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Also present is the Brazilian journal Acta Amazonica, which focuses on biological sciences but includes many articles of interest to anthropologists.
- Índios da América do Sul: Áreas Etnográficas by Julio Cezar Melatti: An exceptional site containing information on each of the ethnographic areas of South America, with descriptive texts, maps, lists of ethnic groups with populations, bibliographic references, and lists of relevant websites.
- Diccionario Etnolingüístico y Guía Bibliográfica de los Pueblos Indígenas Sudamericanos: An amazing website. Aspires to be a comprehensive bibliography of the anthropology of South America. Organized by language family. A great resource for scholars interested in lowland South America.
- Etnolingüística: Línguas indígenas da América do Sul: Dissertations, theses, articles, and directory of researchers on native languages of South America.GenderAmazonBib rev
- Panoan Bibliography: Aspires to be a complete bibliography of sources relating to the Panoan language family. Contains more than 2000 entries.
- Gender in Amazonia Bibliography: A bibliography of resources that describe and analyze gender and gender relations among peoples of the tropical lowlands of South America.
- Bibliothèque Sharanahua: A website operated by Sharanahua specialist Pierre Déléage, containing a link to his thesis, essays, translations of Sharanahua and Yaminahua songs, audio files, and links to further information. The site is mostly in French but also includes materials in English and links to materials in Portuguese.
- Série Antropologia–Universidade de Brasília: The series of anthropology publications of the Universidade de Brasília. Over 300 articles and monographs available in pdf form. By following the links at the top, one may also access four doctoral and twenty master’s theses.
- Projeto Amazone: A wiki site focused on the conceptual imagination of indigenous Amazonian cultures, containing contributions of great interest by anthropologists specializing in this theme, including Eduardo Viveiros de Castro.
- Journal de la Société des Américanistes: One of the top journals on the anthropology of the Americas, publishing numerous articles and book reviews on lowland South America. The website covers the past five years. The 2001 issues are online in full-text form. For 2002 to 2005, the site provides access only to the abstracts of articles, but gives full-text access to book reviews, research reports, obituaries, and the reports of their “information group on Amerinidians.” A very useful website for keeping track of current research on lowland South America.
- Julio Cezar Melatti’s website: Includes a course on indigenous mythology, several books on the Kraho, book reviews, and articles.
- Sustainable Amazonia Bibliography: A bibliography of articles, books, and reports concerning sustainable development and conservation in Amazonia. Many articles are available in pdf form.
- Andes and Amazon Field School: A private entity devoted to interdisciplinary teaching and research on Ecuador’s Amazonian region. Founded in 1999 by Ted Swanson, it was formerly a study abroad program for Arizona State University. Courses offered include Kichwa language, ethnobotany, anthropological linguistics, and field methods.
The inclusion of organizations and websites in this list of advocacy organizations does not imply any formal endorsement of these groups nor of the political perspectives or positions that they advocate. To suggest changes or additions, write to the SALSA webmaster.
International Advocacy Organizations
- Abya Yala Publications
- Amazon Conservation Team (ACT)
- Amazon Watch
- Climate Alliance / Alianza del Clima
- Cultural Survival: Cultural Survival is a U.S.-based NGO dedicated to protecting the human rights of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities around the world. Their website includes a comprehensive list of indigenous organizations, with links, as well as current information and links to documents and resources related to their institutional mission.
- Endangered Languages Project
- Forest Peoples Programme
- Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Portal
- International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
- Lowland South Americanist European Network (LOSAN): An interdisciplinary network for European-based scholars working in Lowland South America, with a listserv providing information about talks, announcements, events, workshops and conferences taking place within Europe.
- Nordic Agency for Development and Ecology (NORDECO)
- Rainforest Foundation
- Survival International
- United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)
- World Rainforest Movement
Pan-South American Advocacy Organizations
- Coordenadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica (COICA)
- Forum Amazônia Sustentável
- Confederación de Pueblos Indígenas de Bolivia (CIDOB)
- Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia(CSUTCB)
- Consejo Nacional de Ayllus y Markas del Qullasuyu (CONAMAQ)
- Associação Brasileira de Antropología: The website of the Brazilian Anthropology Association contains information about the ABA, its conferences and other organized events, links, photographs, a list of books, videos, and CDs published by the ABA, and content of interest to Braziliana and Brazilianist anthropologists.
- Instituto Socio-Ambiental (ISA): A Brazilian NGO that defends social, cultural, and environmental rights of Brazilian peoples. This website is a rich source of information not only on their current projects, but on issues related to indigenous peoples, environmental protection, and other issues. ISA publishes books that are sold through their website, and provides a list of organizations working on behalf of indigenous people.
- Associação Brasileira de Organizações não Governamentais (ABONG)
- Comissão Pro-Índio de São Paulo (CPI-SP)
- Comunidades de Quilombolas do Vale do Ribeira
- Conselho Indígena de Roraima (CIR)
- Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI)
- Coordenação das Organizações Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira (COIAB)
- Coordenadoria das Associações Baniwa e Coripaco
- Federação das Organizações Indígenas do Rio Negro (FOIRN)
- Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI – Brazilian government agency)
- Hutukara: Associação Yanomami
- International Rivers / Amazon Program
- Kanindé: Associação de Defesa Etnoambiental
- Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)
- Museu Goeldi
- Museu do Índio, Rio de Janeiro: A major research institution focused on indigenous peoples of Brazil. The website includes information on the museum’s events and exhibits, its research projects, its library, and current events related to indigenous peoples of Brazil.
- Museu Nacional, UFRJ: Associated with the Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, the Museu Nacional is both a research and a teaching institution, with a large anthropology collection, as well as a graduate program in social anthropology. The website contains links to the graduate program, exhibits, the library, and the museum’s ongoing research projects and publications.
- Núcleo Transformações Indígenas: NUTI is a resarch project associated with the UFRJ anthropology department, bringing together anthropologists from various institutions, to study processes of transformation in indigenous Brazilian communities. The website includes information on NUTI’s projects, publications, and events, as well as a links page and several documents of interest to students of indigenous South America.
- Pro-Yanomami Commission (CCPY)
- Rede de Cooperação Alternativa
- Xingu Vivo para Sempre
- Council of All the Mapuche Lands (CTLTM)
- International Rivers / Patagonia Sin Represas Program
- Mapuche International Link
- Nehuen-Mapu Mapuche Association
- Organización de los Pueblos Indigenas de la Amazonia Colombiana (OPIAC: Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon)
- National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC)
- Movement of Indigenous Authorities of Colombia (AICO)
- Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazonia (CONFENIAE)
- Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE)
- Confederation of Peoples of Kichua National of Ecuador (ECUARUNARI)
- National Confederation of Campesino, Indigenous, and Black Organizations (FENOCIN)
- Ecuadorian Federation of Evangelical Indigenous (FEINE)
- Instituto Científico de Culturas Indígenas (ICCI)
- Amerindian People’s Association of Guyana (APA)
- Federation of Amerindian Organizations of Guyana (FOAG)
- Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP)
- Permanent Coordination of Indigenous Peoples of Peru (COPPIP) (with list of indigenous organizations in Peruvian Amazonia)
- Native Federation of Madre de Dios River and Streams (FENAMAD)