New book details sacred natural sites
Indigeneity and the Sacred: Indigenous Revival and the Conservation of Sacred Natural Sites in the Americas
Edited by Fausto Sarmiento and Sarah Hitchner
The conservation of sites that indigenous people hold sacred has taken urgency as globalization and population growth increased demands for resources in the mountains of the Western Hemisphere.
UGA faculty members Fausto O. Sarmiento and Sarah Hitchner have coedited Indigeneity and the Sacred: Indigenous Revival and the Conservation of Sacred Natural Sites in the Americas, which presents current research in the political ecology of indigenous revival and its role in nature conservation in the Americas.
Indigeneity and the Sacred explores the struggles for land rights and political power embedded in mountainscapes with reconstituted identity, as globalizing forces simultaneously threaten and promote the notion of indigeneity.
A professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Science's geography department, Sarmiento also directs UGA's Neotropical Montology Collaboratory. Hitchner is an assistant research scientist at UGA's Center for Integrative Conservation Research and an adjunct professor in Franklin College's anthropology department.