Indigenous Responses to Climate Change: Perspectives from the Americas


Location: via Zoom

This event is the first event organized collaboratively by The University of Notre Dame’s Latin-American Global Centers (Brazil, México and Chile) and The Americas Research Network International (ARENET) and is designed to align with and contribute to the Notre Dame Forum 2021 “Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future”.

Drawing on the rich cultural diversity of groups throughout Latin America, this panel seeks to center the voice of indigenous communities and their concerns about climate change. At this crucial period, and as the Notre Dame Forum invites us to consider a just transition to a sustainable future, we must engage all stakeholders to determine how best to care for our common home.

Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., associate professor of political science and vice president and associate provost for interdisciplinary initiatives will serve as moderator for the panel.

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Glicéria Jesus da Silva (Célia Tupinambá)

Gliceria Tupinamb 1

Glicéria Jesus da Silva (Célia Tupinambá) is an Indigenous leader, teacher, intellectual and artist from the village of Serra do Padeiro, located in the Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Territory (southern Bahia, Northeastern Brazil), in the Atlantic Forest. Her research focuses on the contemporary efforts of the Tupinambá to recover their language and aspects of their material culture, intertwined with their fight for land. More specifically, she investigates the connections between the remaining capes of scarlet ibis feathers produced by the Tupinambá during the 16th and 17th centuries – all of which are currently kept in European museums –, the Old Tupi language and the production of contemporary capes, in the framework of the territorial recovery. 





Millaray Painemal

Millaray Painemal 1

Millaray Painemal is a Chilean historian and has been working on issues about environmental awareness and protection. Coordinator for the Mapuche women network Trawun pu Zomo in the town of Cholchol. Flowers therapist and collector of Mapuche women’s stories. Strong activist for the Mapuche cause and works with Anamuri (Asociación Nacional de Mujeres rurales e indígenas).






Álvaro Pop

Lvaro Pop 1

Álvaro Pop is originally from Guatemala and a Maya Q’eqchi’ speaker. Representative from Latin America and The Caribbean in the Grupo directivo global para la Década Internacional de las Lenguas Indígenas. Technical secretary in the Fund for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America from 2017 and until February 2021. President in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues during 2016 and an expert member of this Forum since 2011. Alvaro has worked as a specialist in public policies, inclusión, indigineous peoples, interculturality, democracy, citizenship, food safety and other diverse social, international and collaborative organizations. University professor and opinión columnist.



Genner Llanes-Ortiz

Genner Llanes Ortiz

Genner Llanes-Ortiz is a Maya researcher from Yucatán, México. DPhil in Social Anthropology from University of Sussex. Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at Bishop's University in Canada. His current research examines how Indigenous Peoples employ digital media and technologies to reclaim and promote their languages and knowledge. He has investigated Indigenous biocultural heritage and Indigenous artistic forms (music, cinema, performance) as knowledge decolonization efforts. He has worked collaboratively with Indigenous organizations in Mexico, Ecuador, Belize and Guatemala, and has been a researcher at Royal Holloway University of London, CIESAS Mexico, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.



Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C.


Rev. Robert Dowd was appointed vice president and associate provost for interdisciplinary initiatives in 2021.

He oversees the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, iNDustry Labs, the Institute for Educational Initiatives, the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, the McGrath Institute for Church Life, the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, the ROTC programs, and the Snite Museum of Art. He also directs the approval and review process of institutes and centers more generally.

In addition to his role in the provost’s office, Father Dowd serves as a Fellow and Trustee of the University and religious superior of the Holy Cross Community at Notre Dame. He was previously an assistant provost for internationalization with Notre Dame International, where his primary responsibilities included leadership of the Dublin Global Gateway, Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, and the São Paulo Global Center along with planning for future engagement with Africa.

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