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Building Autonomy in Michoacan: A Talk with Pedro Victoriano Cruz

Dept. of Chicano & Latino Studies presents 2017-2018 Critical Conversation Series
October 9, 2017 - 3:30pm

401 Walter Library (117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455)

Building Autonomy in Michoacan: A Talk with Pedro Victoriano Cruz

Pedro Victoriano Cruz
P'urhepecha journalist & cultural worker

This ‘platica’ will focus on how P’urhepecha communities are defining and practicing autonomy in a heightened anti-indigenous climate where the state colludes with organized crime to infringe on P'urhepecha territories and enact violence on indigenous bodies. What does autonomy mean to P’urhepecha communities? How has the call for auto-defensa fueled the reclamation of traditional P'urhepecha governance? What can we learn from P'urhepeha resistance to political parties and from the emergence of P’urhepecha tribal governments in a moment of critical violence? How can indigenous people throughout the continent, including Chicanxs and Latinxs, practice radical relationality with each other? What does the international call to support organic movements for indigenous autonomy in Mexico and Latin America entail?

This event is co-sponsored by the Dept. of American Indian Studies and Race, Indigineity, Gender and Sexuality Studies Initiative.