Sue and Patrick regularly visit schools, universities, businesses and special interest groups to talk about the indigenous peoples and the environment of the Xingu in the context of the Amazon, based on their Heart of Brazil Expedition and the work of Tribes Alive.
The talks are fast-moving and cover many topics, from culture and daily life to the environment, the threats the Xingu is facing and the history of the area. They really bring a little piece of the Amazon to their audiences, showing the vivaciousness and resilience of indigenous cultures and their environmental context, including their relevance to climate change and global weather systems.
Sue and Patrick update the talk constantly, incorporating new material form recent visits to the area. Last year they attended the first ever International Indigenous Games, and photos from that visit are now included.
The talk is richly illustrated with glorious photography and videos and is relevant to many areas of education and public interest. A selection of artifacts adds a tactile experience as well.
Question and answer sessions following the talks are always lively, and engage the audience in developing an understanding of the people and the social, economic and environmental structure of the Brazilian Amazon.
Here are a few comments from people who have hosted our talks:
Many thanks for the brilliant presentation and the excellent answers which you gave to the girls’ vast array of questions! I have just started the girls off making posters to highlight everything they have learned about the Amazon from the presentation, to make a display for the front entrance of the school.
– Christina Rogers, Geography Department, Tiffin Girl’s School
“Sue delivered a fantastic lecture on the environmental challenges facing tribal peoples in the Brazilian Amazon. The richly illustrated talk – drawing on striking original photography – was engaging, interactive and truly insightful. It worked particularly well in giving human and ecological texture to an issue my undergraduate students (geography and environmental studies) already had familiarity with from the academic literature. They enjoyed the lecture very much and it deepened their understanding of the cultural politics of Amazonian deforestation.”
– Dr Michael Mason, Department of Geography and Environment, LSE
“Sue gave us a terrific lecture beautifully illustrated with her incredible photos. I’d really recommend her for other branches looking for a lively, vibrant and important lecture on the Amazon and its indigenous people.”
– Liz Brown, York and District Branch of the Geographical Association
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