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.