Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
"Exploring Indigenous Community Resilience with the Penan of Malaysian Borneo"
Shorna Allred, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Human Dimensions Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
This research examines the cultural resilience of the eastern Penan community of Long Lamai in Malaysian Borneo. The Penan have undergone significant and rapid changes in their lifestyle including transitioning from a nomadic tribe living in the rainforest to a settled community in the village of Long Lamai over the past 60 years. As a settled community, they desire to maintain their Penan identity and traditional knowledge while continuing to grow, thrive, and develop sustainability in the face of regional, national, and global forces. Long Lamai is in the Heart of Borneo, a region that is a global conservation priority and contains some of the planet’s most biologically diverse equatorial rainforest habitats. Participatory research methods are used to examine how the Penan people of Long Lamai define resilience and how this relates to aspects of their cultural identity that they want to maintain in the face of globalization. Results identify which dimensions of resilience could be utilized to avert the most serious threats to the community and how the drivers of change could be channeled towards strengthening community resilience.