Rethinking the Amazon

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This event took place on Tuesday 28 September 2021

As home to multiple indigenous populations as well as more than 40,000 plant species, 2.5 million insect species and 2,000 mammals, the Amazon comprises the larges rainforest in the world. Increasingly under threat from encroaching development and human activity, its destruction threatens to unbalance the global eco system and decimate the rainforest’s indigenous communities.

Join anthropologist Dr Eduardo Kohn, writer Pola Oloixarac and curator Dr Elisabeth Heyne as they draw from their research to reflect on the potential for engaging with, learning from and protecting the Amazon world.

Part of the British Library's environment event series, The Natural Word, which celebrates the underrepresented voices harnessing the power of imagination to change the world.


  • Pola Oloxiarac


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  • Eduardo Kohn

    Professor of Anthropology

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