Sigma Delta Pi and Global Issues Take a Look at the Embera-Chami Indigenous Community

Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honors Society, and the Colombia Support Network of Kansas City, together with the Global Issues Colloquium, will present “Indigenous Survival in the 21st Century: A Look at the Embera-Chami Community” at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Student Union Building Georgian Room B.

The presentation will feature speakers Ancizar Gutiérez and Reynelio Yagari, leaders of the Indigenous Colombian community, the Embera- Chami. They will discuss the state of Indigenous rights and the efforts to preserve their traditional way of life in Colombia amidst an ongoing war, drug trafficking and industrial development in their lands. Their presentation will include traditional music of the Embera-Chami.

Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session with the audience. The speakers will be accompanied by Truman alumna Rachel Hogan (2009) of the Colombia Support Network. Hogan has spent time translating the Embera-Chami’s cultural myths.