Environment in Focus: Vanishing Cultures – July 25


San Bushmen

Please join us as Dr. Dawn A. Murray explores the topic of “Vanishing Cultures” – the disappearance of indigenous hunter and gatherer societies  – on Friday, July 25, 7-9pm at AUSB.

This program is sponsored by the Environmental Studies faculty in the BA program at AUSB, in conjunction with the Fund for Santa Barbara, as part of a quarterly series focusing on contemporary environmental issues affecting our world. Please join us; this event is free and open to the public.

We will watch excerpts from “Vanishing Cultures: Bushmen of the Kalahari,” a documentary produced by Springbok Films and the Tribal Films Association, and discuss the San Bushmen, believed to be the earliest inhabitants of southern Africa. They have lived for over 80,000 years in the Kalahari Desert, and are well-known for their expert survival skills in this harsh environment. Watch the “Vanishing Cultures” trailer now.


Shuar, an indigenous people of Ecuador and Peru.

In addition, a Shuar from the Amazon will be present to speak about his culture. The Shuar are an indigenous people of Ecuador and Peru who live at the headwaters of the Marañón River. Since the discovery of oil in the upper Amazon, the Shuar have been forced to defend their lands from the collective threat of oil extraction.

We will conclude with a discussion about ways you can help protect these priceless habitats.

Learn more about Environment in Focus now.



Environment in Focus is part of AUSB’s larger event series, Antioch in Conversation, a forum designed for public engagement and dialogue about social issues that affect us on a local, national, and global basis.