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An Evening with Randy Borman, Chief of the Cofán Nation

Speaker Randy Borman
Date Dec 2, 2013
Time 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  
Location Oak Park Library, small meeting room, second floor 834 Lake Street, Oak Park
Sponsor Oak Park Library
Phone 708.383.8200
Event type Event
Views 1085
Believe it or not, Chicago and the Amazon Basin are intricately connected. Come learn about the wisdom of the jungle and what we must do to preserve the vitality of indigenous life. Randy Borman was born in the Cofán village of Dureno and grew up hunting, fishing, speaking Cofán and living as any young Cofán does, while simultaneously learning English and “western” values from his American missionary parents. His education has been a mix of ancient Cofan knowledge of the forest and jungle life with a western academic education. Randy is visiting the U.S. and Chicago on behalf of the Cofán Nation. He will discuss the Cofán Nation, the rain forest, its role in the larger ecosystem, and threats to that system, such as oil exploration and mining. The Cofán Nation is a small indigenous tribe in northern Ecuador. The tribe controls vast ancestral territories containing some of the most biodiverse rain forest on the planet. Illegal settlers, miners, oil companies, and others have increased the danger of deforestation of the one million acres of forest protected by the Cofán Nation. Please see www.cofan.org for more information.
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