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The Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA) is housed in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Based on a hemispheric perspective, IRCA seeks to understand and express both the local and global dimensions of indigenous peoples in the American hemisphere. IRCA is an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research program established with an interest in and commitment to the demographic, social, economic, political and cultural importance of indigenous peoples and the issues of self-determinatation, sovereignty and self-development. The Center has a particular interest in the global and transnational connections of indigenous peoples as well as their growing participation in the reshaping of local, regional and national identities and communities. IRCA provides an open forum for indigenous scholars, indigenous community, spiritual and political leaders and non-Indigenous researchers who are concerned with developing a hemispheric and interdisciplinary approach to the past, present and future realities of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. IRCA is sponsored by the University of California, Davis through the Native American Organized Research Program (NAORP).The NAORP was formally established in June, 1991 with the support of the UCD Office of Research.

Indigenous Research Center of the Americas, Department of Native American Studies

There are 12 publications in this collection, published between 1998 and 2017.
Culture and identity (art, music, literature, history...)/Cultura e identidad (arte, música, literatura, historia...) (2)

Indigenous Anthropology Beyond Barbados

The text traces the itinerary of Latin American Indigenous intellectuals from the early colonial period to contemporary times. The narrative follows the paralel development and intertwining of Indigneous People ideas and knowledge of their own history and cultures with the vision of non-Indigenous scholars.

Health and food/Salud y alimentación (1)

Deep Food Autonomy

This paper proposes that food has been used as a tool of colonization and that Indigenous people have the possibility of using their own knowledge and worldviews to reverse this process.

International agreements (UN Permanent Forum, ITO 169)/Convenios internacionales (Foro Permanente de la ONU, OIT 169) (1)
Technology and communication/Tecnología y comunicación (1)
Territoriality (sovereignty, autonomy, self-determination)/Territorialidad (soberanía, autonomía, libre-determinación) (4)

Bonfil y la civilización del común. Crónica de un itinerario utópico.

Biographycal narrative of Mexican anthropologist Guillermo Bonfil Batalla. Lecture delivered at the UNAM-PUMC program at inaugural session of the Cátedra Guillermo Bonfil.

Witness to Sovereignty

this is an introduction to Professor Varese's upcoming book.

The Dakota Access Pipeline in Context

A map developed by a working group of UC-Davis affiliates in coordination with the Native American Studies (NAS) Department and the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA) to provide deeper historical context to the conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Area surrounding the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota. 

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