Book sheds light on the struggle of Nicaragua’s Rama people

A York research centre and two York research initiatives are sponsoring the April 25 launch of a new book, The Rama People: Struggling for Land and Culture, about an indigenous Nicaraguan people’s struggle to preserve their land and culture.

This bilingual collection of articles by scholars, activists and indigenous intellectuals is the first publication to tell the story of the Rama people’s struggle for the rights to own their land and culture on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. The event takes places at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Room 7-192, from 6 to 7:30pm on Wednesday.

At the book launch a panel of four scholars will discuss the Rama people’s plight. Three of the four panellists are from York: Dolores Figueroa (MA ’01), PhD candidate in sociology and a contributor to the book; Deborah Barndt, environmental studies professor; and alumnus Miguel Gonzalez (MA ’01), one of three editors of the book. Mark Hostetler, who teaches development studies at Queen’s University, is the fourth panellist.

The book launch is sponsored by York’s Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean and two York research initiatives: the University Consortium on the Global South and the International Secretariat for Human Development. It is also sponsored by Casa Canadiense and OISE’s Centre for Transformative Learning.