Animating the Future: Exploring the Life-Trajectories of Indigenous Youth in Amazonia through Ethnographic Animation

A project looking to identify tangible strategies to tackle the challenges indigenous Peruvian youth encounter in trying to attain the adulthoods they desire.
Project status
Youth Futures

Children and youth constitute the largest demographics of many indigenous populations in Latin America and beyond, and as such they will play a key role in defining the future of indigenous societies in times of critical shifts and instability. And yet, research addressing the voices and perspectives of indigenous youth through youth-centred methods remains limited and their role of future-makers is largely underexamined. This project aims to develop an interdisciplinary framework and a collaborative methodology to explore the life-trajectories and imagined futures of indigenous youth in Amazonian Peru. The research is quintessentially collaborative and indigenous youth will take an active role in the production and dissemination of knowledge within Peru and internationally.

Research team: Dr Camilla Morelli, University of Bristol; Professor Patricia Ames, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Professor Oscar Espinosa, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Professor Pilar Valenzuela, Chapman University, USA

Outputs and Media

'Children of the Rainforest: Shaping the Future in Amazonia'

Book publication in Rutgers University Press, Series in Childhood Studies, 2023

'Animating the Future: Amplifying Youth Voices in Amazonia'

Official Journal of the United Nations, 2023

'Animating the Sharing Economy'

Paper presented at the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America - Leticia, Columbia, 2023

'Animating the Future'

Paper presented at the Department of Social Anthropology Seminar - University of Manchester, 2023

'Waves of Change'

Work was showcased and film animations were screened at the Earth Art Gallery exhibition - University of Bristol, 21st April 2023

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